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Guns vs Vibrator vs Female Sexuality

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Thanks for a recent article titled In Georgia, You Can Carry a Gun, But You Need a Prescription for a Vibrator, we are alerted to the troubled, sexist, medicalized journey of recognizing and accepting female sexuality for what it is.

We are faced with this grave situation on a daily basis in our clinical work,  and are continuously reminded of the hard work that is still ahead even in our enlightened society, and more so in other corners of the world where female sexuality is still viewed and practiced according to ancient customs and understandings.

Excerpts. including quotes from the well-known book The Technology of Orgasm:

  • The ordinance allows the government to “stick its nose in your bedroom and say you can use this but not that.” (the woman) has multiple sclerosis, which she says has impacted her sex life with her husband, and she credits sex toys with saving her marriage. Yet her doctors still won’t write her a prescription.
  • Leaving aside the bizarreness of the policy itself – people should be able to buy sex toys for the sheer fun of it – it seems ironic that a woman with a real medical condition is being denied sex toys, when you consider that the vibrator was actually invented to cure a (fake) medical condition: hysteria.
  • In the 19th century, if a woman was feeling blue— or was just being “lady-crazy” — she could head off to the doctor’s office for a little manual clitoral stimulation, though the doctors called it “pelvic massage.” (It’s a hilarious testament to the male-centric vision of sexuality of that time that, if there was no penetration, it wasn’t considered sexually intimate.)
  • One doctor  bemoaned that the technique was quite difficult, akin to “that game of boys in which they try to rub their stomachs with one hand and pat their heads with the other.”
  • Thus, the vibrator was born – and women started going for check-ups a lot more often. But once men caught on to why certain doctors were in such high demand, however, the party was over – and now, in states like Alabama, you can openly carry a gun but not buy a butt plug.

 

 

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