Sexbot Hysteria

In the wake of this sex bot delirium, some are saying women’s toys are no less questionable. Just want to remind us all that men gave us the toys for medical purposes. So, no take backsies.
 
Mention vibrators, and most people immediately think of women’s sexual pleasure. And no wonder: An estimated one-third of adult American women now own at least one. 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.
 
But 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 labor-saving device to spare their hands the fatigue they developed giving handjobs to a steady stream of 19th century ladies who suffered from “hysteria,” a vaguely defined ailment easily recognizable today as sexual frustration. Therein hangs a strange tale that provides quirky insights into both the history of sex toys, and cultural notions about women’s sexuality…

Liza Nicole

Liza Nicole Epps is owner of Trinichi Unltd., LLC. She is a mother of 2 and lover of art, culture, and history.

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