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The technology of orgasm : "hysteria," the vibrator, and women's sexual satisfaction

Author: Rachel Maines
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Series: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology, new ser., no. 24.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author explores hysteria in Western medicine throughout the ages and examines the characterization of female sexuality as a disease requiring treatment. Medical authorities, she writes, were able to defend and justify the clinical production of orgasm in women as necessary to maintain the dominant view of sexuality, which defined sex as penetration to male orgasm - a practice that consistently fails to produce
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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Maines
ISBN: 9780801859410 0801859417 0801866464 9780801866463
OCLC Number: 60176166
Awards: Winner of Herbert Feis Award 1999 (United States)
Winner of Biennial Book Award 1999 (United States)
Winner of Science Award 1999 (United States)
Description: xviii, 181 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The Job Nobody Wanted. The Androcentric Model of Sexuality. Hysteria as a Disease Paradigm. The Evolution of the Technology --
2. Female Sexuality as Hysterical Pathology. Hysteria in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Hysteria in Renaissance Medicine. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. The Freudian Revolution and Its Aftermath --
3. "My God, What Does She Want?" Physicians and the Female Orgasm. Masturbation. "Frigidity" and Anorgasmia. Female Orgasm in the Post-Freudian World. What Ought to Be, and What We'd Like to Believe --
4. "Inviting the Juices Downward" Hydropathy and Hydrotherapy. Electrotherapeutics. Mechanical Massagers and Vibrators. Instrumental Prestige in the Vibratory Operating Room. Consumer Purchase of Vibrators after 1900 --
5. Revising the Androcentric Model. Orgasmic Treatment in the Practice of Western Medicine. The Androcentric Model in Heterosexual Relationships. The Vibrator as Technology and Totem.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology, new ser., no. 24.
Responsibility: Rachel P. Maines.

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