The first beautiful myth about Vibrators is that the most famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (69 – 30 BC) invented the idea of a vibrator. It says, that she used a gourd filled with bees to stimulate her genitals, so it was kind of similar to a vibrator. However, historians say that there is no evidence that this really happened. There are none of books, ancient writings or archeological finds that mention Cleopatra’s supposed invention.
Well, let’s jump ahead a thousand (and a bit more) years. It brings us to a very popular (probably the most popular one) idea in the history of vibrators. It says, that they were invented by some doctors from 19th century to help hysterical woman. So, basically doctors used vibrators to masturbate women with hysteria (what a lovely idea).
In the 1800s, industrialization transformed many aspects of life, including medicine. English physician J.M. Granville invented an electric vibrator in 1883. However, historians found no evidence that doctors ever masturbated their patients as a hysteria treatment in classical times. Even if it did exist, clitoral stimulation wasn’t a common medical procedure.
Then the question is: for what Granville invented vibrator?
Well, actually it was designed to treat pain, headaches, irritability, indigestion, and constipation – IN MEN.
Some historians point out that Granville knew the vibrator could have sexual uses, and even used it to treat male sexual dysfunction, but he never used it on women.
Stay with our history lessons and in the next episode we will continue to search for the truth about Vibrators…