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The exciting history of the vibrator – Metro Mode

Below we explain everything about the history of the vibrator and together with the SATC gang we take in how wonderful it can be to own one (or more) vibrators. Check out our favorites to click home.

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The vibrator has, over the years, stepped out from the dirty room to the nice room and something that we like to discuss today, but it hasn’t always looked like that. It is said that it was invented in England as early as 1891 by Carl Harald Liedbeck.

Doctors treated female patients with orgasms

Between 1880 and 1920, doctors treated female patients diagnosed with hysteria with orgasms. Common symptoms of hysteria were nervousness, sudden paralysis, insomnia and unfitness. The root cause of hysteria was considered to be mainly disturbances in the genital area. At first, the treatment was done manually with the fingers, but later electrically powered devices were invented that induced orgasm, i.e. what we today call a vibrator, as in the film Hysteria from 2011″.

Gave temporary relief

This did not completely cure the patient but gave temporary relief, so it was necessary to come in for treatment at regular intervals. The device resembled a hair dryer and would relieve the women of their suffering by pointing the device at the women’s sex until they orgasmed.

Portable shaker

When Carl Harald Liedbeck described his patented portable Swedish vibrator, or “portable shaking machine”, no sexual allusions were made, but it was intended to be used for massaging shoulders and getting rid of tension headaches. But let’s hope that the women quickly found other uses than just sore joints.

The first devices used were stationary and rather large constructions where the woman lay down on a couch to get close enough to the machine. But over time the machines developed and got smaller so that the doctors could more easily carry out the treatment and finally they became small enough so that the women could “self-medicate”.

Sex and The City – The Rabbit Vibrator

This also opened up opportunities to start selling vibrators on the market, then as a medical device to treat female hysteria. Over time, the diagnosis disappeared as doctors began to question it and was replaced with talk therapy and medications.

It was only in the 21st century that the sex toy industry developed as human sexuality in general and women’s in particular faced a revolution. In 1998, the Sex and the City episode “The Rabbit Vibrator” aired, where a shameless product placement took place.

Soon after, a shift took place and it was no longer men’s pleasure that was the focus of the advertising industry. Women’s desire also (finally) came into focus. The Swedish brand Lelo was the first to come out with toys in an exclusive design and was marketed in luxurious packaging to style-conscious women and today has, among other things, “Heavenly pleasure for women” as its slogan.

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