Who invented the vibrator? And what for? The history of such device may tell us a bit more about the history of sexuality itself.
||Everyone remembers back in our heydays how many times we'd
heard about the inventors of the telephone, the light bulb or the nitroglycerin.
But what is to say about the inventor of vibrators? Evidently, they're unlikely
to teach us that in school, but let's agree on that, it would be a way more
useful for most women rather than who invented the nitroglycerin ( though
being both indisputable highly hot ingeniously creations ). Most definitely,
vibrators usually end up being the theme for jokes, but in fact are the
most underrated responsibles for many of the discoveries surrounding the
female orgasm, the clitoris structure and its physiology as well as for
the women's acknowledgement of their own pleasure spots during masturbation
or even in partner-sex.
The first sex toys that we know actually go back long before the discovery of
electricity, in ancient Greece where women made use of a device called olisbo
to masturbate. Olisbos were nothing more but what today we know as dildos. Made
of hide or even wood and lubricated with olive oil before use. There are also
archaeology findings of thousand years old sex toys in Asia.
|After the electricity becoming widespread in 19th century,
the actual vibrator started to take its form as an American doctor called
George Taylor created a "steam-powered massager" and two decades
later, the British physician Joseph Mortimer also came up with a new model
of massager which was battery operated and portable. But isn't that weird
that the vibrator was created by physicians? Why would they create such
device? If we bear in mind how the female sexuality was regarded back then,
we'll figure out that it couldn't be other than give women better orgasms.
Those doctors were trying to find a treatment for a female disorder. But it has
nothing to do with lack of orgasm, cancer or other disorder that we're familiarized
to hear the new progresses of medicine. Those guys were actually seeking a cure
||Although, the very existence of hysteria as an actual disease
was debunked during the 1950's, at that time it was believed that hysteria
would be the result of the womb's inflammation due to a lack of sexual intercourse.
A "hysterical woman" of then, was a synonym of a woman in need
of sexual relief in order to chill out her mental and emotional distress
and to exude the fluids off her inflamed womb. Let's remember that masturbation
was also considered something forbidden and "against nature",
so any married woman or teenagers who had been caught up masturbating would
be a potential patient suffering from hysteria. The doctors applied what
they called genital massage to relieve the hysteria provoked distress. It's
easy for us to figure out that any woman would appear being relaxed, calm
and allayed after a good session of multiple orgasms (which was called "hysterical
paroxysm"). Even were the massagers employed in mental institutions,
so as to calm down seemingly out of hand female patients. Rather than masturbation
alone, other more "serious" types of misbehaviors may have been
interpreted as the symptoms of hysteria. Thus, such symptoms may range from
an abusive sexual lust to activism.
Descriptively, how were such treatments employed may seem for today's standards
as a bizarre cross- between medical-grade report and downright pornography.
|It's hard to believe that orgasms were touted as spasms due
to the release of both fluids and distress, seeing that the existence of
sexual pleasure in women was neither believed nor accepted, back then. The
orgasms produced by the massages couldn't be regarded as something sexual,
since the treatment didn't involve penetration (the vibrators were not penis
shaped as today's models) given the fact that the existence of the clitoris
as a sexual organ was completely unknown to our forefathers.
After being hysteria considered no longer an actual disease. As well as scientists
discovered the physiology of orgasm or else the importance of the clitoris as
a complex and delicate organ in that essential to the female pleasure, became
vibrators popular and readily available to ordinary tax-payers even by means
of mail-order catalogs. At this point, still were they considered a sex replacement,
used by lonesome unfulfilled women, who would be victim of jokes were their
concealed vibrators found . Currently, there can be vibrators in every color,
shape and size ever thought possible, remote controlled and gadget supplied.
A woman with her own vibrator looks as if self-sufficient, who knows how to
take the most out of her bodily functions, and still enjoys very pleasant moments
of intimacy. From deemed almost as a self-punishment instrument to a device
revered by any self-proclaimed independent woman ( as seen on the ham Sex And
The City, for an instance at random). This essay comes to give us an insight
of how prone to changes our concepts are likely to evolve on the female sexuality
over a period of time.