Perhaps you know already that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Graham Crackers were originally created to control the sexual urges in youth in the late 19th Century….. but did you know that prior to the year 1712, masturbation wasn’t seen as a mortal sin? We have a fictitious little pamphlet written by a self-taught surgeon John Marten to thank for that. Onania, the 80-odd paged pamphlet warned of the signs of the bad touching- headaches, bowel problems, rheumatism, gonorrhea, and my personal favorite, short-sightedness, or going blind…. Onania’s readers were encouraged to purchase the accompanying “Strengthening Tincture”, and “Prolific Powder”, which would ensure their nocturnal desires remained dormant….probably forever.
Incidentally, Onania gets its name from Onan, the Biblical character who “spills his seed” on the ground, rather than in his wife. He is then STRUCK DEAD by God.
and generation upon generation upon generation of sexually oppressed wanker-spankers were born….
via The Smart Set