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Join Me for the #WomenKickAss Twitter Party!

Hey Dudes and Dudettes,

I missed you all last week!

I was pooooooooped after three nights of improv shows, and my parents were in town, so needless to say, I rested.

The improv shows were a blast and I’m looking forward to continuing on. I had no idea how physically challenging and tiring improvisation actually is. When I looked at my knees on Sunday, they were covered in purpley-brown bruises that still haven’t gone away. I think it’s because I spent my weekend as a guinea pig, a circus monkey, and a hunchback. Basically, if you need a creature that crouches, I’m your girl!

(Pretty sure that’s not how famous works.) *shrugs*

Here’s a few pictures from the show, courtesy Chuck Charbeneau.

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Anyway, here’s to the next exciting adventure coming our way! 

I’ve joined forces with the Artemis Film Festival and kindred spirit, August McLaughlin, the host and creator of Girl Boner for the #WomenKickAss Twitter Party!

We’re working to end sexual shame by creating dialogue. August and Dr. Megan Fleming will be leading a non-explicit Q & A, and I’ll be hosting Sex Trivia with prizes from Good Clean Love.

For example:

What body part besides the genitals and breasts enlarges during sexual contact? 

Any guesses? It’s the inner nose. It’s made of the same erectile tissue as the penis. 

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It’s all happening this Thursday, October 29th at 7:00pm PST. Just follow along using the hashtag #WomenKickAss.

You can find out more about the event and listen to August’s podcast free here. I make a cameo at the end. 🙂

But if you need yet another reason to attend, here’s me personally inviting you to twitter party with us.

So what do you say? You in? 

Sign up for the party on Facebook if you like too! 

Guilty Pleasures Friday: The History of the Vibrator

Oh, got your attention did I?  Things are getting steamy over at the Happiness Project!  And why not?  Nothing says guilty pleasure like a little self indulgence!

You all know I’ve been a movie watching fiend lately reporting the raw truth on all things Oscars!  To settle down from the award nominations, I caught up on a few fun films this weekend.  My favorite pick?

Hysteria

Hysteria:  n.  The term hysteria was once used to describe a medical condition thought to affect only women. Symptoms of the illness included partial paralysis, hallucinations and nervousness. The term is thought to originate from ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who associated these symptoms with the movement of a woman’s uterus throughout different locations in the body. The term hysteria is from the Greek hysteria, which means uterus.  http://psychology.about.com/od/hindex/f/hysteria.htm

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The film Hysteria is a raucous retelling of history and how Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville invented the first vibrator.  A medical aid turned sex toy that is the most popular novelty item sold now!

In the early 1900’s, hysteria was a common medical diagnosis for women.

Symptoms of hysteria:

  • Faintness
  • Nervousness
  • Sexual Desire
  • Insomnia
  • Fluid Retention
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss of Appetite

Huh, I have a feeling 99% of women are suffering from sheer hysteria every day!

In 1952, female hysteria was removed from the medical list of diseases, and took various psychological routes which would become schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.

But before we knew very much about the female body, hysteria was a commonplace disorder that had a very distinct kind of treatment.  It was believed that the symptoms of hysteria were caused by the retention of fluids in the vagina, and therefore treatment was a [“pelvic massage” – manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced “hysterical paroxysm” (orgasm).]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_hysteria

No joke!  Women all over the country were going to their doctors for hand jobs! 

(image courtesty Mrs. Inman Artwork – Creative Commons)

Don’t you just love history?!

Ok, so Dr. Granville is a young, up and coming (he he he) doctor that can’t withstand the treatment demands from the growing number of patients.  Trying to create a mechanical tool that would offer the same results with less demanding skill from the doctor, he created the first electromechanical vibrator.

Early Form of Vibrator (copyright CreativeCommons)

What this accomplishes is a decrease in skillset required by the doctor, and faster treatment time.  Instead of an hour long treatment, some women were released as early as 10 minutes.  More patients could be seen, and with more visits came more money!

Behold:  The Birth of the Vibrator

Advertisements for vibrators showed up all over and more and more models were made.  There was roughly a 40 year period where we didn’t hear much about them and conservative beliefs took over mass media.  But with the rise of the 60’s, they were back.  The second wave of Feminism also helped the vibrator become buzzworthy again!  Female sexuality was being studied.  Workshops about orgasms were held!  And as history unfolds, we begin to learn more and more about women’s health – sexual and otherwise.

(Mrs. Inman Artwork – Creative Commons)

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As a girl who performed in The Vagina Monologues four years running, climaxing to the role of “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this film and history lesson.  And as a side note, if you’ve never seem TVM, you should really go see that play too!

If possible, I highly recommend you rent the actual DVD for this film because the special features have a fantastic short documentary about the history of female orgasm and early vibrators.  Did you know in some states the sale of vibrators is illegal???  And there are also laws out there that limit the number of sexual toys a person can own!  Seriously, you have to watch the documentary because it also introduces us to a teacher who was trying to make some extra cash by becoming an in-home sex toy saleswoman.  An obscenity charge was filed and a warrant for her arrest made!  Even though she was never convicted, she lives the rest of her life with this stigma of being a bad person – all for selling a few dildos to women who welcomed her into their homes!

Who knew the vibrator had such a long and scandalous history?  Learn more yourself by viewing this positively electric film!

On behalf of all women, may I say “Thank you, Dr. Granville!” 

What are your thoughts?  Had you any idea the vibrator began as a medical aid?  Tell me about the first time you learned what a vibrator was!  When it’s Guilty Pleasures Fridays, it’s good to indulge!

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