Friday, February 28, 2014

History of Vibrators by Dominique Cotton

I’m pretty sure everybody knows the saying a dog is a man’s best friend. Now in some cases I heard that a man’s hand is their best friend too when times get hard! But, does a female have a best friend beside her actual friends that she has know for years, YES! A vibrator is a female’s best friend and it has been said that even the smallest devices works wonders. A vibrator is a device that vibrates; it is also used for sexual stimulation. 
The first modeled vibrator dates all the way back to the 18th century. The Tremousoir was created by the French, even though it provided relief to the female patients it did not to the doctors.[i] When we fast-forward a couple years we encounter a new device that was large, heavy and steam-powered; they named it the manipulator. It was invented by a doctor name George Taylor[ii]. Back then when the vibrator first came out it was for medical purposes only. So, if you had a common condition called Hysteria you would go to the doctor and he would manual massage your pelvic area also known as “hysterical paroxysm”.[iii] In other words the female would get excited and see her doctor where he would make her orgasm to relieve her. Only a doctor used it to treat his patient, so females couldn’t go out and buy a vibrator like we do now. Not to long after 1869 the steam was gone and now it’s electric! These devices originated by John Mortimer now had plugs and allowed a great deal of patients with hysteria to be treated. There were a many models, from musical vibrators to ones that came from the ceiling![iv] Moving into the late 1800s, early 1900 hundreds we now had cordless vibrators that were used at home to treat “pelvic hyperemia.”[v]  Arriving into the sixties there were vibrators everywhere! I mean I could just walk into somebodies kitchen and see one. That would be a little bit disturbing and I probably would not want to eat there but it was and probably still is possible to see something like that! Now today we live in a world where we only use vibrators occasionally and usually our other half does the pleasing not the doctor, thank god for people like George Taylor! You have everything from sile and small vibrators to vibrators on steroids!


[i] Dr, Ziggy. "Life on the swing set." Last modified 12 27, 2012. Accessed February 28, 2014. articles/the-history-of-the-vibrator/.

[ii] Heather, Barnett. "National masturbation month the history of the vibrator." Last modified 5 15, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.

[iii] Marlow, Stern. "Hysteria and the long strange history of the vibrator."Last modified 4 27, 2012. Accessed February 28, 2014.

[iv] Natalie, Angier. "The Technology of Orgasm and the Vibrator. "Last modified 2 23, 1999. Accessed February 28, 2014. 

[v]  Natalie, Angier. "The Technology of Orgasm and the Vibrator. "Last modified 2 23, 1999. Accessed February 28, 2014. 

[vi] Paul, Nelson. "Yours, Mines, Ours." Last modified 10 15, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.

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