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Illustration by Vivian Shih. We have a certain image of Victorian womanhood: corsets, fainting couches, a devotion to needlework. It's true that ladies of the late s were experts in embroidery.
There are a lot of reasons you might want to have a female doctor. For one, it makes many women feel more comfortable during exams. For another, according to research, female doctors tend to have patients who live longer than their male counterparts.
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And in the past few years, it has careened around popular culture. Samantha Bee did a skit about it in March. A seemingly endless march of quirky news stories has instructed readers in its surprising but true quality, including in ViceMother Jonesand Psychology Today.
An early vibrator ad. Image Source: Wikipedia. A sex toy staple, the rise of the vibrator has always been linked to the hysteria treatments of Victorian England.
Described by its producers as a Merchant Ivory film with comedy, Hysteria's humour derives chiefly from the surprise of its subject's origins, which are as little known as they are improbable. The vibrator was, in fact, invented by respectable Victorian doctors, who grew tired of bringing female patients to orgasm using their fingers alone, and so dreamt up a device to do the job for them. Their invention was regarded as a reputable medical instrument — no more improper than a stethoscope — but became wildly popular among Victorian and Edwardian gentlewomen, who soon began buying vibrators for themselves.
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It can be unsettling thinking about your grandmother or grandfather having sex or, heaven forbid, using a vibrator. But your ancestors well, maybe not yours specifically, but someone's ancestors definitely used sex toys. Granted, their sex toys weren't made from the finest purple silicone, but they still got the job done.
Instead, when they carefully took apart the ticking package at Petrozavodsk, what they found was a vibrator. It sounds like a joke, but this was hardly the first time a bomb squad had been called to investigate a package that turned out to have much less explosive - but apparently still newsworthy - contents. Vibrators are experiencing a bit of an explosion of their own these days.