According to the most popular theory, vibrators of the 19th century and early 20th century were used to improve the work of doctors specializing in the treatment of female hysteria. Female hysteria or “disease” manifests itself, in particular, in the form of dizziness and outbursts of anger. They treated her with an intimate massage. And there is no doubt that thanks to this “treatment” the disease soon turned into a real epidemic. Doctors, who literally worked “tirelessly”, soon ceased to cope with the influx of patients. And then equipment came to the rescue – a vibrator. The device for a short time brought the patients to a fit of hysteria – that is, in modern terminology, orgasm – and temporarily relieved the symptoms of hysteria. These pages of history are shown by the film “Without Hysteria!” with Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
“If you want to have a good time, call…”
Two girls Lauren and Cathy get into trouble. Lauren has been dumped by the boyfriend she was staying with, and she has to urgently look for a place to live. And Kathy, who rents an apartment in a prestigious area of New York, is at risk of flying out of the apartment for a delay in payment. A mutual gay friend introduces them to each other, and Kathy is revealed to be moonlighting in “phone sex”. Entrepreneurial Lauren offers to create her own sex business, and then she herself becomes one of the “voices” of the firm. True, after Katie tries to teach her less daring friend how to talk on the phone with the help of a vibrator. In the literal sense – with the help of a vibrator.
Television producer Abby, who runs the morning show on AM Sacramento, is young, ambitious, and meticulous. But, alas, as soon as it comes not about work, but about personal life, then there comes a complete failure. The ratings of the morning show are also going downhill. The situation is saved by the case: Abby’s cat accidentally steps on the TV remote control, and the heroine gets on some unsuccessful cable channel, on which there is a program called “The Naked Truth”. It is hosted by a real brutal chauvinist and wit named Mike, who, with his sharp attacks, brings the female audience to hysterics. The situation escalates when the next morning this same Mike is invited to work as the host of the morning show, which is run by Abby.
We don’t actually see the sex toys themselves in the movie, but there’s a variation on that theme… the vibrating underwear that Mike gives to the main character. During a formal dinner, the lingerie suddenly starts to work, providing Abby with unforgettable moments of pleasure. But the guests of the restaurant fall into a stupor.
“Cards, money, two barrels”
If you think that sex toys are “characters” exclusively from female comedies, then here is a real crime thriller from director Guy Ritchie. In the course of the tape, it turns out that sex toys can not only give pleasure, but also … become a deadly weapon. Especially in the hands of an angry gangster. When one of the characters in the film, Ax Harry, having not received a satisfactory response from his guest, picked up the first object that came across – a half-meter black rubber penis. The consequences were the saddest, and Harry’s act became a legend.
Compared to the above episodes, the vibrator scene from the 1989 movie Parents is the most innocent. When the lights go out throughout the house during a family dinner, the protagonist accidentally activates his sister’s vibrator, thinking it’s a flashlight. The vibrator starts to work briskly at the very moment when the light comes on, and all household members see the source of the noise. The object causes an explosion of laughter in some, as well as bouts of shame in the female part of the family. To the questions of curious children, what it actually is, adults quickly find the answer. It’s… it’s… an ear cleaner!
“Sex and the City”
Sex toys completely settled in the public space in the 90s of the last century, and the cult TV series Sex and the City played an important role in this. Charlotte, one of the series’ main characters, appears in the episode with a pink bunny-shaped vibrator, and her girlfriends freely talk about the benefits of using it. At some point, Charlotte’s passion for the “pink rabbit” develops into a real addiction.
“The vibrators that were featured on this show proved that sex toys can be fun and attractive, not vulgar crafts,” comments Anna Moderska, a sex consultant and educator who works with German sex toy manufacturer Fun Factory. – True, the same series reinforced the myth that vibrators are such a consolation for single women. Meanwhile, according to market research and my experience as an event organizer with erotic toys, vibrators are most often used by couples looking to spice up their sex lives, the expert adds.