You Are Here: Home » The Light Side » Story of the electric vibrator – originally invented for men

Story of the electric vibrator – originally invented for men

A common misconception is that the electric vibrator device was created for women. Not so, according to the creator of the vibrator, it was first intended for men who could not relax.

Early version of an electric vibrator

At the end of the 19th century, a British physician patented the first electric vibrator and the first ones to enjoy the invention were his male colleagues.

First name for this creation was “Hammer” and the inventor, Joseph Mortimer Granville, admitted in a book on “the vibration of the nerves” written in 1883 that he would never test this device on women. He said that his invention was meant to relax clenched muscles in male patients.

In Puritan Victorian England Mortimer Granville’s first device consisted of a drill with a small ball on the end. When started the device would start humming and vibrate. The electric power was supplied from the battery the size of a suitcase.

The “Hammer of Granville,” as the invention was soon dubbed, made redundant a specific medical therapy practiced for centuries – a massage of the clitoris with fingers in patients with a diagnosis of “hysteria.” This process is clearly shown in the comedy Hysteria by American director Tanya Wexler. The film shows that this method required a great deal of time, did not always lead to the desired result, and made the doctor’s hand so tired that it had to be placed in a bowl of ice.

Physicians in antiquity also practiced this delicate hand work. The so-called hysteria (Greek word hysteria means “womb”) was regarded as women’s disease from the time of Hippocrates. The disease was believed to stem from the uterus and lead to stagnation of female juices in the body.

To solve the female problem, doctors were charged with summoning “hysterical crisis” through a genital massage. In fact, it meant the female orgasm. Nevertheless, until the early twentieth century, no one perceived it as such. The prevailing view was that only normal sexual intercourse with a man could lead to satisfaction.

Ladies were enjoying the therapy and wealthy women from the higher strata of society regularly visited their personal physicians to have the massage administered once a week. In the Middle Ages physicians were also advised to conduct such activities with widows and nuns.

Various baths, Jacuzzi and spa treatments were very popular with European ladies of high society. British observer Therme Malvern back in 1851 wrote that after “hydrotherapy” women were happy as if “they had drunk champagne.”

American doctor George Taylor (George Taylor) in 1869 acquired a patent for a “manipulator” operated by steam. This bulky and expensive device was mounted under a couch, and equipped with a slot where women would lay for a treatment.

14 years later, his British counterpart, Joseph Mortimer Granville, invented a more compact and user-friendly electric version of the device. A modern vibrator appeared shortly after the first electric iron, and nearly two decades before the vacuum cleaner, invented by a British Hubert Cecil Booth.

“Granville Hammer” delighted the American Samuel Spencer Wallian as “in five or ten minutes” he was able to solve the problem that previously required “at least an hour of careful manipulation.”

electric vibrator

Once known as the "Cadillac of vibrators", the Chattanooga vibrator, sold to physicians for about $200 in 1900

Visitors to the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 admired more than a dozen copies of various models from a simple uncomplicated vibrator with a drive handle or foot pedal to the luxury brand model Chattanooga for $200.

Advertisers promoted vibrators as medical devices for massage, absolutely necessary in medical practice. Some doctors acquired all available models on the market and opened special offices where they served several patients at a time.

Vibrators became popular among men and according to some articles, they were a panacea for nearly all ailments. For those unwilling to entertain themselves, the ubiquitous ads offered a vibrator as a Christmas gift that can make women “shine in their eyes and blush on the cheeks.

A vibrator was believed to be a remedy for arthritis, impotence, hair loss, constipation, or excess fat on the thighs. The omnipotence of oscillations seemed unlimited. “Our entire life is based on vibration,” Wallian urged his colleagues in 1905.

A funny incident happened to the American historian Rachel Maines who, in search of material for her research on the history of sewing machines, has written the history of the vibrator. In 1999 her major work The Technology of Orgasm, “Hysteria”, the Vibrator and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction was born.”

There the researcher, in particular, mentions that in 1918 Sears, Roebuck and Company had developed a project using a vibrator that could be attached to a universal kitchen machine with attachments for the mixer, blender, and a fan.

As if by magic, vibrator ads suddenly disappeared from the pages of women’s magazines. What happened? According to Ms. Mines, on the one hand, Sigmund Freud’s research had increased awareness of the female orgasm. On the other hand, vibrators began to appear in erotic films as a generator of female happiness.

Among most famous first sex films is “The history of the nuns” (not to be confused with the famous film of 1959 with Audrey Hepburn). The porn film shot in the late 1920s demonstrated a woman saying goodbye to a man at her door so she could go to her bedroom alone with an archaic vibrator.

The feminists’ movement in the 1970s and the efforts of the American Conservative government under President Ronald Reagan helped the triumphant return of vibrators in the hands of American housewives. Under the framework of the campaign to combat AIDS a civil servant, U.S. military doctor, General Everett Koop in May of 1988 published an eight-page brochure where along with the use of condoms he also recommended the use of vibrators.
Source: Pravda.ru

eCashOpinions.com

© 2012 A1social.com

Scroll to top