With the recent coming out of the movie Hysteria (to mixed reviews as mentioned in a previous post), and the spate of articles discussing the various aspects of the real history of the vibrator and its inventors, as well as their misogynists motivations for doing so, I was pleased to find in this backlog of videos in my email from Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross, this one discussing their favorite sex toys and vibrators.
But what I only just learned from this fabulous article on Mother Jones, that presents a brief timeline of the history of hysteria and the corresponding treatments recorded from as early as 500 BC, is that after having been cast into the realms of things only bad women do in pornography from the early fifties on, in 1973 Betty Dodson “reintroduced the vibrator at NOW’s Sexuality Conference in 1973 as a symbol of sexual empowerment. She was huge advocate for the Hitachi Magic Wand”. I could kick myself for not already knowing that!! Here are the pictures on Dodson and Ross’s blog to prove it:
So imagine my sheer joy tonight at coming across this video in my email, from back in February, with Betty and Carlin giving advice on how to use a Hitachi for the first time (it is a pretty intense toy – I have to use it gingerly, though it is currently my favorite vibrator):