Life is a journey influenced by the words we speak, read, think and hear. Where have a choice, maximizing our exposure to words that make us grow and beauty in all its forms makes the journey so much better. My blog is about those choices of words, sights and sounds.
*Let me begin by
saying there is a great deal of information below that is sexual in
nature. Some people may find it
offensive. It is not recommended for
those under the age of 18 or those who are uncomfortable reading content of a
Today we look at the word “hysteria”. Yes, the history of the word “hysteria” is
sexual in nature. Who knew? Not me!The word itself comes from the Greek cognate of uterus
Yes, he is doing what you think he is doing.
Plato compared a woman’s uterus to a creature that roams through a
woman’s body “blocking passages, obstructing breathing, and causing disease”
all the way back in the 4th/5th century B.C.In the 2nd century, a physician wrote that the
cause of hysteria was sexual deprivation in women withhigh libidos (most often
virgins, nuns, widows, and sometimes married women). The cure? If you were married,
the cure was intercourse. If you were
single, the cure was marriage or, if marriage was not an option then the last
resort treatment was vaginal/pelvic massage.
There were some who thought the retention of female semen
stored in the womb, which mixed with male semen during intercourse, was the
cause of hysteria. If the female semen
was not released through regular climax or intercourse, physicians believed
that it became poisonous. Symptoms of
the affliction included faintness, nervousness, insomnia, fluid retention,
muscle spasms, shortness of breath and irritability.
I'm not making this stuff up - I swear!
In the 19th century, a huge number of physical
ailments were considered possible symptoms of this psychological disorder. There was a variety of theories regarding the
cause of the ailment, including the stresses of modern life. Physicians did not like providing vaginal
massage to treat the hysteria, as it was difficult to learn and sometimes
required hours of treatment in order to reach the “hysterical paroxysm”
(orgasm) required to cure the hysteria.
The chaise lounge and fainting couch become popular home furniture in
order to make women more comfortable during treatment. “Massage devices” (the original vibrators) were created as a
way that women could treat themselves more quickly and without the need to
consult a physician or midwife.
Now stop the immature laughing, wipe that goofy grin off your face and go about your day! Let's act like grownups people!