“A relationship ends because you’ve outgrown it. It can begin again because you, as two, can fill the new shape.”
We review ‘Hysteria,’ a film that captures the strange birth of the vibrator:
Directed by Tanya Wexler and set in the Victorian era, the film follows Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), a disillusioned young physician who is hired as an understudy to Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), a doctor renowned for treating women diagnosed with “female hysteria” via “pelvic massage.” When he’s not being wooed by the doctor’s two daughters—the rebellious Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and proper Emily (Felicity Jones)—Granville practices his “pelvic massage” technique, and soon he becomes an expert. In the process, however, he develops carpal tunnel from all the manual labor and seeks a new and improved way to achieve “hysterical paroxysm.” And thus the vibrator is born.
Note: We have no idea how that thing in the photo really works, but we have our suspicions.
Jessy fact: when I was in high school, my brother said I reminded him of Julia Stiles’s character from this film.
Me: “Awesome, thanks!”
Him: “That’s not a compliment. She’s an antisocial bitch.”
A shrew she may have been, but underneath all of that adolescent bitterness was a funny, sensitive—and above all, smart— female character that did her best to let her mind be the weapon, as opposed to her looks (well, except that little table top dance at the party, but even clever girls get wasted).
She still remains a role model.