The Mystery of the Nantucket Whalers' Wives and Their Alleged Love of Dildos ... did the women married to perpetually absent nineteenth-century Nantucket-based whalers all own dildos dubbed “he ...
Ahab rages, “wife?—rather a widow with her husband alive!” The dildos, called “he’s-at-homes” in some books on the history of the Yankee whale fishery, were meant to be some insurance of fidelity for a husband who was rarely present.
Island lore suggests that the whalers gave he’s-at-homes to keep their wives happy when they were off at sea, but if they were really so common there would surely be more than one surviving dildo. But if they were just a legend, then there wouldn’t be any.
Your word of the day, from a fun adventure story: a "he’s-at-home" was a dildo kept by New England whalers' wives.
A story about the wives of seldom-home whalers and their dildos, aka “he’s-at-homes” “On Nantucket, 80-year-old Connie Congdon and I sat in her living room looking at the 120-year-old plaster… Continue reading A Dildo in Nantucket
When whalers from Nantucket set out for their journeys around the world, left at home were their wives, sometimes for three or four years at a time. According to scholars and legend, the wives turned to dildos for comfort as stand-ins for their departed husbands. These devices even had a name, the “he’s-at-home”.
"There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket On the wives of whalers and their dildos, aka "he's-at-homes" By Ben Shattuck October 16, 2015 The following essay appears in issue 10 of The Common.common On Nantucket, 80-year-old Connie Congdon and I sat in her dim living room looking at the 120-year-old plaster dildo that a mason had found in her chimney.
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Ben Shattuck at Lit Hub took a deep dive into Nantucket’s dildo history. The history would suggest that these were gifts from seafaring husbands, who were rarely at home and didn’t want their wives to stray or suffer a sad, dickless existence — “some insurance of fidelity for a husband who was rarely present” or a way to “console women whose husbands were away for great periods of time.