Hysterical Vibrators.

We only have them because 19th century doctors got tired of giving women hand jobs.

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This led to a steady stream of women visiting the doctor’s office for their “paroxysms,” with most leaving unable to do anything except look for a cigarette.

Even horses knew it wasn’t the slightest bit Victorian, and many women got thrown before climax (with some horses requiring remedial courses in doing whatever their owner damn well wanted).

Advertisements for personal massagers virtually disappeared, only to re-emerge again in the early 70s as feminism took hold.

No wonder over one third of women own at least one vibrator, many owning several.

As Germaine Greer once said, “Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.”

Vibrators may not be warm, or pull your hair (the steam-powered ones did), but they’re available if you need them, and the fact that so many women do is testament to women’s growing independence.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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