More on Erotic Massage

Okay, I didn’t want my mom to get all weird about it, but yes, in Episode 6, there was a picture that led me to look at the entry on Erotic Massage. There was a lot of information that cut out of this episode, but it’s actually quite interesting. Did you know (all quotes taken from Wikipedia):

-“In the Western medical tradition, genital massage of a woman to orgasm by a physician or midwife was a standard treatment for female hysteria, an ailment considered common and chronic in women. In 1653, Pieter van Foreest[1] advised the technique of genital massage for a disease called “womb disease” to bring the woman into ‘hystericalparoxysm‘. Such cases were quite profitable for physicians, since the patients were at no risk of death but needed constant treatment. However, the vaginal massage procedure (generally referred to as ‘pelvic massage’) was tedious and time consuming for physicians. The technique was difficult for a physician to master and could take hours to achieve “hysterical paroxysm”. Referral to midwives, which had been common practice, meant a loss of business for the physician, and, at times, husbands were asked to assist.[2]” 

-“By the turn of the 20th century, the spread of home electricity brought the vibrator to the consumer market. The appeal of cheaper treatment in the privacy of one’s own home understandably made the vibrator a popular early home appliance. In fact, the electric home vibrator was on the market before many other home appliance ‘essentials’: nine years before the electric vacuum cleaner and 10 years before the electric iron. A page from a Sears catalog of home electrical appliances from 1918 includes a portable vibrator with attachments, billed as ‘very useful and satisfactory for home service’.[2]

I can’t say it much more interestingly than Wikipedia, but indeed, the vibrator has been around for longer than most people think and was more of a priority for Sears Roebuck than the vacuum cleaner and electric iron. So there you have it.


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