A long time ago, in a century far away, women were believed to not have sex drive.
It was unheard of then for women to actually crave sex.
So when women of the Victorian Era would go to their doctor complaining of irritability, restlessness, strange kinky daydreams, weird heavy feelings in their lower abdomen, and wetness between their legs, those smart medical gents dubbed these women afflicted with "hysteria." (This comes from the Greek word for uterus.)
From Psychology Today:
But ironically, women's sexual pleasure was the furthest thing from the minds of the male doctors who invented vibrators almost two centuries ago. They were interested in a labor-saving device to spare their hands the fatigue they developed giving handjobs to a steady stream of 19th century ladies who suffered from “hysteria,” a vaguely defined ailment easily recognizable today as sexual frustration.
So it seems that massages with happy endings are a long standing tonic for all sorts of ailments.
Thus Dr. J. Mortimer Granville invented a machine to save all of these weary doctors some time from patients v-jays everyday and probably their fingers and wrists from cramping.
However, the first medical vibrators were HUGE and could only be used in the office itself.
They were such a huge hit with the Victorian sexually frustrated ladies that they began to demand versions for their homes.
Now, I want to point out that phallic forms and devices were used long before this period, and encouraged to be used to relieve the tensions women had. However, the Victorian era was so straight-laced that any form of sexual self stimulation was deemed immoral.
I can only imagine that's why women went to their physicians because then it could not seem like a perverted proclivity, but an actual medical ailment.
It's just funny that some of the massage techniques employed by the doctors and nurses included oiling up their fingers to penetrate the ladies lovely vaginas while massaging their clitoral region with their hand. Luckily, the new vibrating hysteria machines were recognized as medicine for these ladies (married, widowed, single) who could not get their groove on with anyone else.
As vibration machines entered more houses, they became known for other uses as not to upset the delicate moral values of the time. I mean, we still see the ads for 'neck massagers.' My violet wand is advertised for better skin, reducing wrinkles even today!
So thank you Dr. J. Mortimer Granville for you spicy invention.
You bring so many of us relief, joy, reduced stress and better sleep!
The variety is endless.
Happy first day of Masturbation Month!