Play examines the history of the vibrator

In The Next Room, a play currently featured at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, examines the early days of the vibrator. The storyline follows a woman who is being treated for "hysteria" through the use of a sex toy. The invention of the vibrator and its controversial use were made possible through the advent of electricity.

The play's description poses the question, "What exactly were doctors thinking back in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity, when they utilized vibrator therapies on their female patients in the name of medical treatment?"

Patrons who go to the performance, which has been dubbed "the vibrator play," will also have the opportunity to examine some of the first prototypes of vibrators, as the theater showcases a few historic sex toys in an exhibit in the lobby.

According to Slate, the treatment of "hysteria" in women through the use of vulvular massage gained popularity in the 19th century. At that time, it wasn't seen as sexual, but rather a necessary treatment for some women.

Today, vibrating devices such as the a:muse™ Personal Pleasure Massager from LifeStyles® are quite popular, and are often used by couples and individuals engaging in some bedroom fun. 

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