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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"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)
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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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #951,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you ask me, and I am glad that you did, I often find that if one works to ensure that the woman is satisfied, most women are more than willing to reciprocate. Basically, try to have the orgasm count in her favor.
In exploring cultural ideas about women's orgasm, Maines shows how women's search for sexual pleasure was denied, masked, and euphemized ("paroxysmal spasms") but the medical and clinical professionals didn't know how to speak honestly about it. With the advent of the vibrator, women achieving orgasm became more accessible and possible, and yet even this was euphemized into relief for headaches, discharge of energies, and so on. Maines does a remarkable job of documenting the conflicts in society about women experiencing sexual pleasure at all. What a fantastic book. A true classic, and a wild read. Highly recommended!!!!