IN THE MIX EDUCATION, MUSIC, AND CULTURE
THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ
The new film Hysteria tells a fictionalized account of the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England. But just how historically accurate is it? Surprisingly close. As historian Rachel P. Maines points out in her book "The Technology of Orgasm," the symptoms of "hysteria"—a catch-all diagnosis for a slew of vexing lady problems that dates back a couple millennia—included fainting, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, nervousness and "a tendency to cause trouble for others."
Since at least the second century, a good orgasm, or rather "hysterial paroxysm," was considered a suitable treatment—at least when practiced by a medical professional. Our interactive timeline illustrates the long and outrageous history of hysteria—and the sex toys used to treat it. [READ MORE]
MORE FROM THE MIX
The Olympia, Washington, trio has clearly honed what Kurt Cobain famously described as the "soft and quiet, then loud and hard" style of bands like the Pixies. [READ MORE]
Kristen Iversen's memoir doesn't just reveal what it was like to work at a plutonium trigger facility in Colorado. It deftly rebels against a silence that has proven disastrous for her community. [READ MORE]
WHAT WE'RE INTO RIGHT NOW
Leave it to Wes Anderson to turn scenes of half-naked children groping at each other, bleeding, talking about hard-ons—into moments that feel playful, tasteful, and bracingly real. [READ MORE]
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Female Hysteria and the Sex Toys Used to Treat It
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