These days vibrators like the Hitachi Magic Wand are all about creating pleasure, but did you know that they were originally created because doctors were very, very tired? Allow me to explain: Roughly two centuries ago it was widely believed that women did not experience sexual desire – their only sexual function was to tolerate it in the name of male satisfaction. At the same time, many women were extremely sexually frustrated and went to doctors complaining about symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, nervousness, erotic fantasies, and wetness between the legs. Doctors diagnosed these women with “hysteria”.
It was clear early on that orgasm helped with this “condition” but since “self-abuse” was frowned upon and, as modern research has shown, many women cannot consistently orgasm from intercourse alone, the women needed a hand, as it were. The Hitachi Magic Wand was still a long ways off, so doctors and midwives took to massaging women to orgasm. They soon found that this left their hands tired and achy and, as a result, it was often difficult for them to successfully execute. Enter the vibrator!
After a series of cumbersome, unreliable, and sometimes dangerous attempts, electricity made the vibrator a reality and the first patent was filed by English physician, Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville. Finally, women could “treat” themselves at home! Vibrators were advertised in popular magazines like Needlecraft, Women’s Home Companion, and the Sears & Roebuck Catalogue, often under the guise of “personal massagers”. With the invention of modern pornography in 1891, vibrators quickly became socially unacceptable and stayed that way until the wave of liberation that changed everything – and saw the Hitachi Magic Wand play a lead role. The rest is history, like they say, and the Magic Wand remains the world’s most popular vibrator to this day.
So, there you have it: The Hitachi Magic Wand (and all the vibrators that followed) are all here because of “hysteria” and very, very tired doctors.
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