It is about goddamn time someone made a movie about the fascinating history of the vibrator.
I’ve written before about the hilarious idea of women’s ‘hysteria’ and the treatment of it before on this site. In short, doctors believed women acted strangely when their uterus was bound up tightly causing hysteria. To release this tension, doctors used clitoral stimulation through manual means, blasts of pulsating water and eventually vibrating discs, until the woman climaxed and released her knotted up floating uterus. Then the woman was perfectly healthy again! Or, until her uterus unfortunately was knotted up again and, alas, she had to get further treatment.
And the best part of this whole ridiculous issue is that the doctors had no idea that what they were doing was providing serious sexual satisfaction and release for the women (who were often return customers). The orgasm was not thought to be valuable to a woman in any other regard than ‘releasing tension’ from her innards so that she is more pleasant for men to be around. Silly, silly men. Get your anatomy lesson at the Toronto Film Fest where Hysteria premieres!