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A strap-on dildo (also strap-on, dildo harness) is a dildo designed to be worn, usually with a harness, during sexual activity. Harnesses and dildos are made in a wide variety of styles, with variations in how the harness fits the wearer, how the dildo attaches to the harness, as well as various features intended to facilitate stimulation of the wearer or a sexual partner.

A strap-on dildo can be used for a wide variety of sexual activities, including solo or mutual masturbation, as well as penetrative oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Sexual lubricant is often used to ease insertion.

Strap-on dildos can be used by people of any sex or gender, upon people of any sex or gender. A person who does not have a penis may use a strap-on, as may a person whose penis does not allow for penetration, whether due to size or function. A person who does not want to use their penis for penetration may instead use a strap-on; this may include some trans women. Trans men may use strap-on dildos in order to facilitate experiencing sexual activity as many biological males do. People who are genderqueer or enjoy gender-bending may use a strap-on during sex in order to enjoy related forms of gender expression. Strap-on dildos are also used in kink scenes: those involving forced feminization of a man may involve the use of a strap-on upon that man, while those involving orgasm denial may involve a man using a strap-on upon a partner, to limit the amount of sexual stimulation which that man receives.

History

Due to the often taboo nature of strap-on activities, information on their history is difficult to find. An 1899 report by Haberlandt documented current and historical use of double-ended dildos in Zanzibar, and is one of the few historical documents of this kind. Female-female dildo usage in ancient China has been documented, but it is not clear if this was double-dildos, strap-on dildos, or just a simple dildo being used by one woman on another. In ancient Greece, dildos were made of stone or padded leather, and some evidence shows aforementioned leather was used to make a harness as well, with olive oil used for anal penetration. A double-penetration dildo was found in ancient France, but its use is lost to time. A 19th century Chinese painting shows a woman using a dildo strapped to her shoe, showing that creative use of strap-ons was already well under way. Many artifacts from the Upper Paleolithic have been found that appear to be dildos, including a double "baton" with a hole in the middle, theorized to be for a strap to hold it to a wearer. The Kama Sutra includes mention of dildos (darshildo in Hindi) made from a wide variety of materials, and used by hand, with ties (straps), or in a harness. It is likely the history of the strap-on parallels the history of the dildo, and given the age of many discoveries, is a rather long history.

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