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Whilst wondering issues, Augustine says, the final word temptation is to learn them as indicators. notwithstanding it's not likely that Augustine could have taken dildos as his instance, they might have served good to demonstrate the temptation to render issues into indicators: so, at the present time, we would be tempted to learn the strap-on as signifying the male member of which it sort of feels a replica. yet in truth, Augustine tells us, to contemplate a specific thing qua factor is strictly to consider it now not as an indication, yet as whatever serving the 2 features that belong to objects: for use, and to be loved. I now use the observe “thing” in a strict feel, to indicate that which is rarely hired as an indication of anything: for instance, wooden, stone, livestock, and different issues of that sort. no longer despite the fact that, . . . the stone which Jacob used as a pillow, nor the ram Abraham provided up rather than his son; for those, notwithstanding they're issues, also are indicators of different issues. . . . [W]e needs to conscientiously do not forget that what we now have to think about approximately issues is what they're in themselves, now not what different issues they're indicators of. 7 The early glossy dildo, as i'll argue the following, isn't an indication, yet a specific thing, and whilst it turns into connected to the physique as a strap-on it's a very specific type of factor: an adjunct, which labored as an assistant or helper to the physique with no changing it or being absorbed into it as an indication. This part will hint the emergence of the dildo within the early sleek interval as a specific thing, exhibiting that its very emergence depended accurately on either independence and attachment. The dildo can be a complex and complicated factor in early glossy England. while Secco in John Ford’s The Fancies Chaste and Noble (1638) calls his web page a “milk-livered dildo” (act four, scene 1; p. 293), he might easily be calling him a cowardly fake penis, or he can be referencing the perform of ‹lling dildos with hot milk to simulate erection or ejaculation. In Monsieur Thing’s foundation: or, Seignor D——o’s Adventures in Britain (ca. 1722), the speaker con‹des that the dildo “Can spout so exciting, betwixt wind and water, / hot milk, or the other liquid softer” (199–200), and Nashe’s dildo— maybe the earliest English allusion to the dildo—is “nourisht with whott water or with milk,” and has “but one eye,” which “fervently doeth raigne” (ll. 274, 270, 271). eight “The Sappho-an” (ca. 1735)—in which Sappho returns as a poetic voice to track the old beginning and evolution of the dildo—gives as a step within the improvement of the dildo its acquisition of a spring, “whose estate is such, / That on the center ‹nger’s unmarried contact, / via a small Dildos and add-ons / 133 tube is quickly conveyed, / hot nature to the essence-yielding maid” (264). one other sensible characteristic integrated straps for tying the dildo round the waist or reduce: the Treatise of Hermaphrodites (1718), for instance, says lesbian couple “provided arti‹cial Penis’s of the most important Dimensions, and with Ribbins they fasten’d the foundation of the device within the comparable state of affairs as Nature has plac’d the Substance in guy.