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Old 25-09-2009, 10:21:48   #1
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The new steam-powered vibrator



http://oneletterwonder.com/2009/08/3...punk-vibrator/
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Old 25-09-2009, 10:34:45   #2
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Slightly disappointed, from the thread title I was expecting it to be powered by some giant 20 ton Victorian machine.
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Old 25-09-2009, 10:51:44   #3
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and plays Prokofiev every time you use it
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Old 25-09-2009, 11:31:11   #4
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Slightly disappointed, from the thread title I was expecting it to be powered by some giant 20 ton Victorian machine.

The first vibrator (or "Manipulator") was exactly like that.
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Old 25-09-2009, 11:32:08   #5
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Did it play Prokofiev or did it come with an orchestra who played live? Either would do I guess.
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Old 25-09-2009, 12:08:02   #6
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hmm, i suppose it would be hard to hear the prokofiev while the vibrator was fulfilling its function
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Old 25-09-2009, 13:03:48   #7
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George Taylor's "Manipulator", invented in 1869, was the first steam-powered vibrator.

It was common knowledge that females were weaker than men and inherently defective, medically speaking, and that their sickliness was directly attributable to their reproductive system, as a condition called "hysteria". The symptoms of hysteria included pretty much everything: nervousness, insomnia, too much vaginal lubrication, not enough vaginal lubrication...

According to the anatomist Galen, the cause of hysteria was the retention of "female semen", which could rot and corrupt the blood. Galen came up with a solution: female semen is released with orgasm, so if the woman is brought to orgasm - "twitchings accompanied at the same time by pain and pleasure" or, in Victorian parlance, "hysterical paroxysms" - hysteria can be treated and prevented.

The prescription for married women was simply: have more sex. But what about widows, and virginal young girls? Obviously they would have to be brought to hysterical paroxysm, and so the doctor would massage their genitalia until this occurred. Of note is the notion that if the woman wasn't being penetrated, it wasn't really sexual, so that it was entirely appropriate for a doctor to massage a girl's clitoris. Eventually, however, the doctors' fingers got tired. Hence the steam-powered vibrator.

The Manipulator took the form of a large table, from which protruded a ball that was connected to a drive train powered by a steam engine in an adjacent room. It (and other machines meant for the stimulation of female genitals(*), such as the "pelvic douche" that used a powerful jet of water) was mainly purchased by physicians and spas.

Other milestones in vibrator history include the first vibrator ever, a wind-up model (1734), the first electromechanical vibrator (1883), and the first battery-powered vibrator (1899).

The medical profession has certainly changed a bit.
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Old 25-09-2009, 15:07:56   #8
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Old 25-09-2009, 15:22:45   #9
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Primarily doctors beset by hysterical supermodels.
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