Sunday, June 01, 2008

Orgasmic olisbos…

Olisbos or more acturately their predecessors: The history of vibrators! Vivienne Parry's penetrating and arousing article in this weekend's Times Women's Style section (I just happened to notice it…) is hilarious; in fact it's hysterical, literally – you'll see what I mean.

Despite first being 'diagnosed' as 'womb furie', women have always suffered a "complaint characterised by nervousness, fluid retention, insomnia and lack of appetite." The great Hippocrates called it hysteria thinking that the womb was blocked and causing the problem (Greek for womb = hysteros). Galen, a Greek physician way ahead of his time in more ways than one, was on the right track because he claimed it wasn’t any blockage but in fact sexual deprivation among women of a 'passionate nature' or those who weren’t passionate at all, either through choice or not: "nuns, virgins, widows and occasionally in married women whose husbands were not up to the job". Galen said

"Arising from the touch of the genital organs required by the treatment, there follows twitchings accompanied at the same time by pain and pleasure...from that time she is free of all the evil she felt"

The trouble was that doctors regarded this treatment as numbingly tedious...ha-ha, the image in my mind is indeed hysterical – those doctors! Who would have thought it, eh? However not all agreed, maybe due to religion: the Persian polymath Avicenna said

"Women [with hysteria] should not resort to rubbing,”…[this was ]… “a man's job, suitable only for husbands and doctors".


Orgasm by hoseThe image is of an 1860 water treatment - to save the doctors having to do it – and was claimed to 'free the evil' in less than four minutes

Come the 1870s and steam power helped 'The Manipulator' do the business but it was not suitable for the doctor's treatment room and so was a "a niche market poised for exploitation"…what a profession!

The first British vibrator, a battery device, was manufactured in the early 1880s and by the early 20th century electrification made vibrators available in the home. Interestingly they were available a full decade before either the washing machine or vacuum cleaner – getting the priorities right! Keep 'em happy to keep 'em working!

Click HERE for a slide show about the history of vibrators on Slate.com it is interesting - no really!! – some of the contraptions look more suited to a workshop and if you ever found your grandmothers' or great-grandmothers' sewing/knitting magazines it may have been something else altogether they were interested in - easing forehead creases!

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7 comments:

IsobelBuchan said...

Ha! Women shouldn't resort to rubbing indeed...only a man could come up with that one and invent a 'device' instead. I mean we wouldn't want the little ladies to discover that they can get far more pleasure from their own fingers than most men could ever give, now would we? Only joking Span! Me and my rabbit are best mates.

Now about that weekend in Barcelona.......

-------------------------------------------------> whoosh!-----------------------------------------------------> there goes Span!!!!

Span Ows said...

LOL! hehehe... just back yesterday as a matter of fact! I know you're joking but those words were by a famous Muslim smartie, not me...anyone who's read my orgasm posts would know my opinion!!

I remember the days when a post on vibrators would get 20 or 30 comments from the R5 bloggers!...almost an extinct breed now. Ah well...

Re Barcelona...no chance!! No offence but my real life and my 'virtual life' are very distinct from each other, which is the way I want to keep it...blunt but honest...that's me :-)

Span Ows said...

P.S...you like pets? My sister keeps rabbits...


;-)

IsobelBuchan said...

Span, what on earth made you think I was serious...this is blog flirting!!!!!!

Span Ows said...

Just in case Mags! Just in case...

Well as it's only blog flirting (sounds rude and if you say it quickly sounds like something to do with bathroom necessity after a heavy night and a curry) then by all means come but bring your sister, your rabbit and some handcuffs (lost mine at an orgy involving German military uniforms etc...soemone said there was a motor-racing mogul there but I didn't spot him...unless it was the guy in the mask...)

:-)

The Great Gildersleeve said...

Those straight laced and ever so moral Victorians...Oliver Twist, The Poor, The work houses and then the well to do up to who knows what. What's that about the the English and their reserved nature?

ethan1066 said...

my girl friend has one rabbit vibrator and she really keep it as very important..i don't worry about it and that is more important...