How the Vibrator Came Out of the Closet

Curing Hysteria

Freud condemned the clitoral orgasm as “immature”–but at least he recognized that it was in fact an orgasm. Before that, medical science didn’t even think orgasms were sexual in nature, calling them “paroxysms,” and doctors actually prescribed them for their female patients. The practice of bringing them about by massage–first by hand, then by machine–was […]

Rachel Weisz, Star of “Agora,” on Hypatia, Religion and Politics

hypatia

It’s unfortunate that Agora, a film about the 5th century neo-Platonist philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia, is coming out this weekend. It’s in theaters along with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Sex and the City 2: Abu Dhabi Do (not really the title, but it might as well have been). Rachel Weisz, the star of […]