Female Hysteria: Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives Away Sex Toys

Female Hysteria: Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives Away Sex Toys

Posted: September 22, 2011

Maggie Gyllenhaal, the star of the upcoming feature film “Hysteria” passed around her sex toys as if they were communal property according to a recent press conference.

 “Hysteria” released this month at the Toronto Film Festival is a British romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator set in Victorian era England.  It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones, and Hugh Dancy, the film has received positive reviews from critics and currently has a score of 8.5 on IMDB. 

 The film’s title is based on a common medical diagnosis given to women for hundreds of years in Europe, clinically called “female hysteria”.  Symptoms of hysteria involved nearly everything under the sun from insomnia, faintness, water retention to merely causing trouble and being difficult.  One doctor took the time to compile a 75 page list of symptoms that he called incomplete.  In all though, the symptoms covered nearly every ailment, but sound suspiciously like PMS.

 The most effective treatment for female hysteria was determined to be “pelvic massage”.  Doctors would “massage” the afflicted, potentially for hours at a time until eventually the woman had a “hysterical paroxysm” or what we commonly refer to today as an orgasm.  At the height of hysteria, some doctors estimated that over 25% of women were afflicted.  Doctors became swamped massaging so many women, not to mention all the finger injuries they suffered, resulting in god-awful writing that still persists today.

 With the medical system nearing collapse as doctors were literally working their hands to the bone, the miracle of the vibrator saved the day.  The first vibrators were steam-powered, but by the 1880’s doctors were much relieved to be using electric vibrators in their clinics.   Doctors were able to treat hysterical women in minutes rather than hours.

 The Golden Globe nominated actress received more than a dozen vibrators from sex shop operators while in London during filming.  She was thrilled with the gifts and uses several, while the others she lends to her friends for months at a time. 

 Its nice to know our favorite stars are so generous, but I’m shocked that she takes them back after months of use. 


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