“Hysteria”, a movie about the invention of the electronic vibrator

Posted by sparky on September 16th, 2011

Photo: INFdaily.com

I can only imagine what Maggie Gyllenhaal is thinking about in the photo above.  Perhaps she’s smiling because she found out that she got the lead role in the movie “Hysteria,” which is now being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Guess why the movie is called Hysteria?

It’s about the invention of the electronic vibrator in the late 19th century. During this time in England, women would come to doctors complaining about all sorts of ailments, from bloating to insomnia, and doctors would say they were suffering from “hysteria,” which means “unmanageable emotional excesses”.    One British doctor by the name of Granville would treat these women by giving them manual massages in their you know what, and they would achieve orgasms.  However, this sort of demanding work caused a lot of cramping in Grranville’s hands.  Since necessity is the mother of invention, Granville was inspired to invent the electronic vibrator to facilitate his fingering, er, I mean work.  Hurrah for progress!   The rest is hysteria, I mean, history.

Gyllenhaal says about the movie, which was based on a story written by a newspaper columnist named Howard Gensler:

It’s about vibrators and women’s orgasms, and I don’t think people really do talk about it very much, and I do think it does still make us flushed and uncomfortable.

Now this is a movie that the girls at Girls Talkin Smack can get behind, so to speak.  I actually can’t wait to see it; I predict it will be hysterical, pun intended.  I think it could do extremely well at the box office, perhaps becoming a surprise sensation like Kings Speech.   Wouldn’t you rather watch orgasms than stuttering any day of the week?

I’m not sure whether the mainstream media will feel comfortable about talking about the film, orgasms, vibrators, sex.  But if they are uptight, I know what device might make them less so.




Category: Hysteria, Maggie Gyllenhaal