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(Frieda Werden)

WINGS #34-18 A History of Vibrators

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This program is about vibrators, but is historical, medical and mechanical rather than titillating. No words banned on US radio are included. Note that a 2018 article claims to debunk some of Maines's research:


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Length: 0:28:44
Uploaded: 9 Dec, 2018

Recording Date: 26 Sep, 2011
Recording Location: Austin, Texas, Toronto, and Vancouver BC
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
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Program Title: WINGS #34-18 A History of Vibrators
Description: In 1999, historian of technology Rachel Maines published The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction. By 2011, this history had spawned a documentary, a play, and a feature film. Program features a humorous but scientific talk by Maines, followed by excerpts from a press conference about Hysteria.

Host(s): Mary O'Grady and Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Rachel Maines; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canadian film columnist Johanna Schneller, and Tanya Wexler, director of Hysteria.

Credits: Recording and update in 2011 by Frieda Werden; original edit and narration from 2000, Mary O'Grady.

Comments: This is re-released from the WINGS Archives.

Society and Culture > Sexuality
Science and Technology
Science and Technology > Medicine
Arts and Culture > Film
Society and Culture > Women
Type: Weekly Program

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