The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 0801866464
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Editorial Reviews

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"Thorough, original, and surprising."

(Sarah Boxer New York Times Book Review)

"Full of wonderful descriptions of the 'job nobody wanted,' including photographs of early vibrators and vaginal electrodes."

(Jeanette Winterson Times (London))

"Feminist scholarship exactly as it should be: a work that not only illuminates an astonishing bit of herstory, but does so with a neat balance of anger, wit and humor... A wonderful book."

(Carol Lynn Mithers L.A. Weekly)

"Exhaustively researched... decidedly offbeat."

(Natalie Angier New York Times)

"Here's a provocative history with a chip on its shoulder and a buzz under its skirt... Exhumes startling facts from the underground sexual history of the early twentieth century."

(Will Blythe Mirabella)

"Maines has produced an exhaustive and deliciously savage history of the vibrator-as-sex-aid... This fascinating and exquisitely referenced true story reads like twisted science fiction."

(Library Journal)

"A titillating and often hilarious account of the rise and fall (as it were) of the vibrator as a medical tool for the treatment of hysteria... A book that can delight as well as enlighten."

(Journal of the American Medical Association)

"Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, surprising, and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages."

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About the Author

Rachel P. Maines is an independent scholar and a technical processing assistant at Cornell University's Hotel School Library. She is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications.


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  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0801866463
  • Product dimensions : 5.5 x 0.45 x 8.5 inches
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press; Revised ed. edition (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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