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NOBEL MEDICINE 2004

IG-NOBEL PRIZES
2004

Concerned Scientists write to Bush

Economics Nobel 2003

Chemistry Nobel 2003

Medicine Nobel 2003
Literature Nobel 2003

Physics Nobel 2003

Life on Mars ?
Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of Double Helix

Good Bye Dolly
On Stonehenge
The Loss of Columbia
IG Nobel 2002
The invention of :-)
West Nile Virus
Asteroid Impact?
Molecule Hunt
Tuxedo Park
Ancient Trade Routes
Pop Singer to Fly In Space
Great Ideas
Baraka

The Universe in a Nutshell
Copenhagen, the Play
Count of Monte Cristo
Nobel Prize 2001
John Nash
Echelon
Kernel Methods

Ig-Nobel Prize
Einstein's Brain
Space Turism
Floating City
Mir's Blast
Origins
Great Books
Nobel Prize
In the mind of:
Serial Killers
The secret shuttle
Are we aliens?
Studying ET
Dinosaurs
Bonobo
Pattern Analysis
Early Vibrators
and Hysteria
The CYB.ORGs
among us
Book: Darwin
Book: Russell

 

The Technology of Orgasm :
''Hysteria,'' the Vibrator,
and Women's Sexual Satisfaction

From the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, women diagnosed with hysteria thought to result from a lack of sexual intercourse or gratification--were treated by massaging their genitals in order to induce "paroxysm."
Male physicians, however, loathed this time-consuming procedure and for centuries relied on midwives. Later, they substituted the efficiency of mechanical devices, including the electric vibrator, invented in the 1880s.
Eventually, these devices became available for purchase and home use; one such "portable vibrator" is advertised in the 1918 Sears, Roebuck catalog as an "aid that every woman appreciates."

The Technology of Orgasm is an impeccably researched history that combines a discussion of hysteria in the Western medical tradition with a detailed examination (including several illustrations) of the devices used to "treat" the "condition." Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, surprising, and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages, focusing on the development, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a legitimate medical device.

As historian Rachel P. Maines describes in her exhaustively researched if decidedly offbeat work, ... the vibrator was developed to perfect and automate a function that doctors had long performed for women: the relief of physical, emotional and sexual tension through external pelvic massage, culminating in orgasm.

Dr. Maines ... first stumbled on her piquant subject while researching the history of needlework. Thumbing through a 1906 needlepoint magazine, she found, to her astonishment, an advertisement for a vibrator. --
(From Amazon.com )

Satisfaction : The Art of the Female Orgasm
by Kim Cattrall, Mark Levinson


"Some people... assume that for me to play a sexually open character, like Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City, I must have had fabulous sex most of my life. Well, the truth is that until three years ago most of my sexual experiences were miserable," confesses Kim Cattrall, in Satisfaction: The Art of Female Orgasm ... Read more

Read More:

The Technology of Orgasm : ''Hysteria,'' the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
by Rachel P. Maines

 

Va Pensiero - Copyright 2004- In association with Amazon.com

 

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