7 people describe what they keep in their ‘spank bank’


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The earliest definition of “spank bank” on Urban Dictionary is from March 2003. The entry refers to it as “SpankBank” as if it were a Bank of America competitor, and defines it as “the collection of images, thoughts, dreams, and desires one conjures to heighten arousal in order to achieve climax; In regards to Self Gratification/Masturbation.”

Almost two decades later, it’s difficult to conceptualize the world in 2003. For one thing, I was nine years old. But it was society before Facebook (meaning pre-social media as we know) and before the iPhone — but also pre-MindGeek, the parent company of Pornhub and other mainstream tube sites. Read more…


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