Okay so i was looking for something special for my partner.
Street (otherwise known as “Fascinations”), and winking boldly at the pre-adults working the counter as if we had just stopped in to get a bag of chips and a vanilla Frappucino out of the refrigerator case. The attendant smiled a crooked “I have just the thing” smile and led us through the store.
“Oh, sure,” replied V with a firm nod, “just looking for a sex toy.” “Do you guys carry those? Women went to their family doctors or midwives in order to receive genital massage to help bring them to a paroxysm.
Not an orgasm – women don’t have orgasms – paroxysm.
Women would go into the doctor’s office, hike up their skirts, remove pantaloons, and allow the doctor to rub their clitoris until they cried Mother Mary.
Nuns and unmarried women in particular were encouraged to go for regular treatment.
The Chattanooga…stood nearly 2m tall and required a couple of men to operate it.
Being steam-powered, the engine of the machine was located in a small room and two men shoveled coal into the furnace and monitored the steam temperature, pressure, and thrust required to drive the Chattanooga.
The engine room was separated from the doctor’s room by a wall which had a hole in it.
A mechanical arm extended from the engine through the wall and into the consulting room where the doctor controlled it and used the vibrating arm to administer the appropriate genital massage to the grateful patient.”As soon as movie producers realized they could make money by selling sex, it was only a matter of time before the vibrator made its first appearances on the big screen and smuttied up the whole vibrator industry.
As for the “disease” of hysteria, well, it was finally recognized in 1952 by the American Psychiatric Association for what it really was – sexual frustration and not something pathological.
And as for my little visit to the sex shop, it ended as can be reasonably expected.