In 1999, historian of technology Rachel Maines published The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction. By 2011, this history had spawned a documentary, a play, and a feature film. Program features a humorous but scientific talk by Maines, followed by excerpts from a press conference about Hysteria.
Host(s): Mary O’Grady and Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Rachel Maines; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canadian film columnist Johanna Schneller, and Tanya Wexler, director of Hysteria.
Credits: Recording and update in 2011 by Frieda Werden; original edit and narration from 2000, Mary O’Grady.
Comments: This is re-released from the WINGS Archives.
This program is about vibrators, but is historical, medical and mechanical rather than titillating. No words banned on US radio are included. Note that a 2018 article claims to debunk some of Maines’s research: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/09/victorian-vibrators-orgasms-doctors/569446/