Thrilled to have guest blogger Sharon Clare- author of Love of Her Lives, back on the blog today. She has been published in Ontario Art Review, Short Story Library, Quick Brown Fox and Life to Life Magazine. Love of Her Lives, Sharon’s sensual romance, is available from Crimson Romance. Please join me in welcoming Sharon Clare.
After I read Jessica’s Monday post about the furor cause by classic remakes, and her musing over is it the sex, I rewrote my guest article for today. I’m not familiar with the criticism regarding Total E-Bound, but I do have a story to share on women’s sexuality that is steeped in the classic era.
I listened to the tail-end of a CBC radio program recently discussing women’s hysteria and sexuality. The discussion centred around the movie Hysteria, which is quite the hoot. Set in Victorian England, the movie is based on the true story of the doctor who patented the first vibrator. Yes, vibrator, and it wasn’t to massage achy shoulder muscles.
I’ve not seen the movie, but caught the gist from the radio show.
So imagine this. An unhappy woman visits the doctor and is diagnosed with hysteria. She could be suffering anything from anxiety to depression to boredom. Without modern medicine, how would a doctor treat such a condition? How to relieve pent-up tension? I dare say.
Brain-wave! Using what must have been a very scientific hand manipulation, the doctor gives the woman a pelvic massage that results in (quite a) release, aka “paroxysm”, aka orgasm. Halleluiah. Hysteria, be gone. We have a cure!
They don’t pay doctors the big bucks for nothing.
All is bliss for this doctor’s patients, but as you can well imagine, word gets around, and his waiting room is soon over-flowing with untreated women—his fingers worn to the bone. Blimey, he’s bloody well exhausted. Too many hysterical patients for two mere hands.
Enter the age of electricity, and the doctor is first in line. Now he must have relief and the first women’s vibrator is born!
For his purpose.
But really, like icing a sprain, couldn’t women now treat their own hysteria? Could the doctor send his patients home with their own vibrators?
Apparently not. Nope. Nada. When women demanded vibrators for their personal use, doctors said no.
When Sears catalogue offered vibrators, doctors sued. No. No. No.
You can’t just give women control of their own paroxysms. Imagine the mayhem. Dinner, late to the table. Husbands in public with wrinkles in their shirts. Dust bunnies accumulating under furniture while women self-treat again—and it’s only noon.
Of course, things have changed, right? We’ve come a long way, baby, and all that. We’re even allowed to read a sexy romance in prelude to paroxysms. We’re even reading Fifty Shades of Grey on the subway.
For a giggle, check out the trailer for Hysteria.
If you’d like some feel-good-prelude-to-paroxysm romance, please take a look at my sexy paranormal novel, Love of Her Lives. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play (for epub file) and wherever e-books are sold.
Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure—or so Calum thinks—until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth, and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.
Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all—trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn’s game. Her eternal bond with Calum will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.