What do a bronze phallic amulet; a series of 19th-century steel-plated serrated penis rings designed to prevent masturbation and loss of sperm through nocturnal emissions; and an early 20th-century vibrator made of brass, steel and rubber have in common? They are all part of “The Institute of Sexology”, the latest exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London http://econ.st/1DFF0RL
British road-safety adverts are more shocking than those broadcast in America. The British penchant for horror might reflect the nation’s long tradition of public-service broadcasting, which seeks to entertain and inform at once. But do the ads work? Though gory, shocking public-information films linger in people’s heads, they seem not to alter behaviour much http://econ.st/1DHErXJ
CHATTERING schoolchildren don colourful anoraks; clutching hands, they depart for a woodland picnic. Elsewhere a young man leaps into his car and speeds off to work....
In ancient Roman religion and magic, the fascinus or fascinum was the embodiment of the divine phallus. The word can refer to the deity himself (Fascinus), to phallus effigies and amulets, and to the spells used to invoke his divine protection.