Deeply disheartening though it may be, the practice of labeling women "crazy" is alive and well today, and its roots are deep. As in, it's-been-happening-for-thousands-of-years-and-has-been-pretty-well-tolerated-by-most-of-society deep. Hysteria was the first mental disorder attributed to women and only women -- a catch-all for symptoms including, but by no means limited to: nervousness, hallucinations, emotional outbursts and various urges of the sexual variety more on that below. To make clear how far we've come in our understanding of women's mental health, and how far we have yet to go, here's a little trip down memory lane -- a tour of just seven of the weirdest things so-called "experts" used to believe about female hysteria. You know, in addition to it being an actual thing that existed.
The History Of “Female Hysteria” And The Sex Toys Used To Treat It
Timeline: Female Hysteria and the Sex Toys Used to Treat It – Mother Jones
Fun fact: The vibrator was the fifth household appliance to become electrified. It came out just after the electric toaster and had the vacuum cleaner beat by about years. Fitting, when you consider the fact that in the late s, getting women off was a higher priority than having a clean floor. After all, if the women were left to stew in their sexual desires for too long, who knows what could have happened? Obviously, the truth is nothing. However, as far as the Victorian medical community, psychiatric community, and several behavioral scientists ironically, all of whom were composed of men were concerned, a sexually frustrated woman needed to be… attended to immediately, lest her womb wander and her mind be overcome by the dreaded female hysteria. Female hysteria is the now-defunct term used to diagnose a woman who suffered from any variety of ailments.
The history of vibrators (2): 2500 years of medical orgasm therapy for hysteria
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Caliban Vandecott, a doctor of female health, has developed an unconventional yet highly effective treatment for female hysteria. In , Dr.