When a story begins with the words, “This ACTUALLY happened…Really…” you know it’s going to be good!  Such is the case with Hysteria, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s newest film about the invention of that oh-so-cherished device…the vibrator.  Yeah.  Seriously.  The opening of the film is a black screen with text proclaiming:

This story is based on true events.


So, by all intents and purposes, the opening screen sets a pretty high standard for the film.  Thankfully, the film meets all expectations.

A blatant love story, where boy meets girl, is shocked by girl, falls for girl’s sister because she’s the “proper” girl, then realizes girl’s passion far surpasses the advantages of anything proper, Hysteria does what any chick flick should do, and…BONUS!!! it offers an awesome history lesson!  Yep!  The story told in the film about the invention of the vibrator IS, in fact, legit!  The vibrator was invented and brought into medical practice in order to release the tension in doctors’ hands, wrists, and forearms, brought about by stimulating the clitorises of women in order to bring them into a state of “hysterical paroxysm.”

You see, back in the day, it was believed that most women suffered from an affliction called hysteria.  The symptoms of hysteria were varied, and really, as we now know, it was mostly sexual frustration.  The root cause of hysteria was a wandering uterus, and stimulating the clitoris in order to send the women into hysterical paroxysm settled the uterus back into place.  (This, dear friends, is the reason removal of the uterus via surgery is called a hysterectomy; removal of the hysteria.)  As quoted in the film, the thought of the time indicated that, “The female organ, as you know, is incapable of experiencing any pleasure, whatsoever, without penetration of the male organ.”


Women can’t experience pleasure without penetration.


It wasn’t a state tiptoeing the threshold between pain and pleasure on the pain side that caused the paroxysm!  It was pleasure!  It was an orgasm!  About 80-95% of women (depending on which study you read) are physically incapable of experiencing an orgasm WITHOUT clitoral stimulation.  The clitoris is the seat of pleasure for women!  The entire universe should be grateful that we’ve discovered this.  The entire universe should be grateful doctors invented vibrators.  (I know I am!)  And the entire universe should be grateful that we’ve entered into a state in our societal culture where we can watch a film about the history of the vibrator, made mainstream by interweaving it into a fabulous love story.


About kelijackson

We’ve been taught for so long that our bodies are sinful. “Down there” is dirty. Sexual conversation is whispered, if discussed at all. Questions go unanswered. Negative perceptions remain uncorrected. Misconceptions run wild in the minds of women, men couples in our culture. That’s where we come in! We’re here to help shed the lies you’ve heard and grown to believe about your body, your sensuality, your sexuality, and intimacy within two of your most precious relationships: that with your partner, and perhaps more importantly, that with yourself. “We?” That’s right! I lead an international team of Passion Consultants called The Orgasm Factory. We are a movement of women, joining forces to help enhance the intimacy in those precious relationships all across the US and Canada. Do yourself a favor and ask yourself these questions: What would you do with an extra $1,000 a month? What if you could earn that extra $1,000 each month working an average of just one evening each week? What if that work consisted of having a blast, partying with other women, and helping to enhance their intimacy? What if, within your network of co-workers, you felt supported, encouraged, and were recognized for your accomplishments? What if you partnered with a company that rewarded you with BONUS CASH, luxury vacations, a company-paid car, and a ton of other prizes? What if your part-time job (or new career) consisted of making new friends and helping them to reach their goals and make their dreams come true? That’s what I do! That’s what I help my team to do! And you can join our team! I’ll personally train you, you’ll get training and support from our team, and you’ll have access to the incredible training opportunities Passion Parties Corporate provides for us! (I’ve had two training sessions with Dr. Drew! Corporate offers us the absolute BEST training imaginable!) So, CALL ME! (No. Seriously. Call me. You DEFINITELY want in on this.) I’ll help you get started, and I’ll be there for you every step of the way. I’ll have faith in you until you have faith in yourself. If you’re not sure, that’s ok. We can talk about it. I’ll answer all of your questions and give you all the information you want. If, after that, you’re still not sure, book a party and get all of the fabulous Hostess Rewards we offer, just for getting a few friends together and letting me or one of my team members show you what we’re all about! You’ll not only receive the benefits of being one of our hostesses, you’ll also have the opportunity to look at the business from inside the party. Then, we’ll talk again and see if it’s a good fit! Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t necessarily teach us everything we need to know about sex, and we certainly didn’t learn enough in school. When you host your own Passion Party, one of my team members or I will teach you and your friends how to discover the joy of enhancing the intimacy in those precious relationships! We’ll show you some of our absolute best products, from the mild to the wild, and help you find exactly what you need the most. All consultations are confidential, to ensure that everyone is comfortable. Your secrets will remain your secrets. You’ll laugh! You’ll learn! You’ll have a one-of-a-kind shopportunity to bring Passion to life! View all posts by kelijackson

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