Getting Off on Good Vibrations

By Lori Smith

Many women absolutely love their vibrators. They're great for when you're alone, when penetration is not enough, when you just don't have the time, and when you need a super-quickie to help you sleep. They come in all shapes and sizes and, if a buzz really gets you going, you're bound to find one which its the spot.

It's amazing to think that there was a time when these things were bulky, unreliable or even non-existent, but women weren't always as lucky as we are today... despite what the movies tell you. The trailer for the movie Hysteria makes it look like a rather fun romp. A romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator, eh? See, even the Victorians had sex toys! Or did they?

There has been quite a bit of debate about the historical details which inspired this movie. Due in part to the hype surrounding the release of the film, historian Lesley Hall's page of Victorian sex factoids has a recently updated section on the idea of doctors using vibrators to 'cure' women of hysteria. Did they really do it and, if so, was the act anything like our modern brains imagine it to be? Probably not.

There are many people who suspect this story is all a bit liberal with actual truth and facts. Sex educator and writer Cory Silverberg mentioned on he's not yet hysterical for Hysteria, saying that, "based on the trailer, I think that Hysteria is going to be sacrificing a lot for a cute story". So, as we suspected, movies are mostly lying to us again and the only realistic depiction of vibrator use seems to have been in Shortbus.

But why should we care what other women do? If you like vibrators, great! If they do absolutely nothing for you, that's also fine. We need to be doing what we feel is right for us, whether it involves flesh or silicone. Don't get worked up about getting the latest toy if it just doesn't do it for you. However, do be aware that visiting a shop like Sh! or Coco de Mer and trying a few in your hand can sometimes lead to some fantastic new discoveries.

Lori Smith has tried a few and reckons that paying more to get a quality item is far less frustrating than settling for a cheaper option. She writes about Sex & Relationships every week for BitchBuzz and also blogs over at Rarely Wears Lipstick.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:00 (GMT+01)
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