History Of The Vibrator!
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Mention vibrators, and most people immediately think of women’s sexual pleasure. After all, clitoral stimulation with vibrators produces orgasms reliably, even in women who have difficulty experiencing them in other ways. And women who use vibrators consistently report sexual enhancement in both solo and partner sex.
Ironically, women's sexual pleasure was the furthest thing from the minds of the male doctors who invented vibrators almost two centuries ago. They were interested in a labour-saving device to spare their hands the fatigue they developed giving hand jobs to a steady stream of 19th-century ladies who suffered from “hysteria,” a vaguely defined ailment easily recognizable today as, “sexual frustration.” The history of the vibrator provides quirky insights into both the history of sex toys and cultural notions about women’s sexuality.
At one point in time, hysteria was among the more common medical disorders diagnosed in women, although it has long since been debunked as a bogus condition. Hysteria included symptoms ranging from nervousness and insomnia, to loss of appetite for sex with one's husband, to a “tendency to cause trouble for others.” The list of symptoms was so extensive and overly broad that virtually any woman who visited her physician with any type of medical complaint could be diagnosed as hysterical. Although hysteria was originally thought to be the result of a woman’s uterus “wandering” throughout her body, later physicians viewed it as resulting from inadequate or insufficient sex.
For many years, the primary treatment for hysteria was a “pelvic massage” culminating in “hysterical paroxysm,” which was really just another way of saying orgasm. These “massages” were usually performed by doctors, who made a lot of money off of them because hysteria was so prevalent and necessitated frequent treatments. All these doctors were actually doing, though, was giving these women the orgasms that their husbands were not, while letting the husbands pay for it!
With doctors performing all of these massages by hand and so many patients lining up for them, administering these “treatments” became quite time consuming. Indeed, it can take a while for some women to reach orgasm (even with competent stimulation, it is not uncommon to take up to 20 minutes or longer). Consequently, the first vibrator was invented in order to reduce the length of office visits, which permitted doctors to offer their remedy to even more patients.
As you might imagine, a personal vibrator would save a lot of money on physician visits and could be used at home any time. Therefore, once electricity became widely available in people’s homes, demand for vibrators skyrocketed. In fact, there was enough demand that the vibrator reportedly became just the fifth electric device approved for home use after the sewing machine, fan, kettle, and toaster. This means that the vibrator made its way into the home long before the vacuum cleaner, electric iron, and television!
Today, one-third of adult Canadian women own at least one vibrator, many own several, and about half of vibrator owners use them in partner sex. And just think, we owe it all to physician fatigue! Dozens of models are available: plug-in, battery powered, waterproof, large, small, and tiny travel models (bullets), and at The Love Shop we’ve gottem’ all! Available in-store, or to be discreetly shipped right to your door, click here link to to shop vibrators today, or here to find a Love Shop location near you!