A Movie I Want To See
It's a new documentary, Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm (Wabi Sabi Productions), produced and directed by Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori, and according to an article on Alternet, it "shows how women's sexuality, pleasure and masturbation have been regarded alternately as taboo and important, flip-flopping back and forth between being in vogue and cloaked in secrecy and shame."
"Introduced in the late 19th century, the vibrator was originally intended as a cure for so-called hysteria — a disease manufactured by doctors during the time of Hippocrates — and soon became a medical staple," the article says in part. "Doctors believed that using massage to bring women to orgasm would make them less emotional, but that process took too much time, limiting the number of patients a physician could see in one day. Enter the vibrator. With help from the mechanical friend, women could have orgasms more efficiently -- and on their own time.
"The perceived medical need for vibrators evaporated after only a couple of decades. By the early '20s, women were purchasing them for pleasure, with no fear of being ridiculed — let alone arrested."
Of course, that was then ... this is now ... and Sherri Williams is facing jail for selling the buggers.
Definitely a timely movie!