Sex in Design: Lou Savoir
I once read a quote along the lines of "a good perfume does not announce itself, but rather waits to be discovered...." So true. In keeping with that, I like to design spaces with treasure hunts tucked over, under and inbetween more traditional objects- allowing for the unexpected discovery of naughty amongst the nice. One way to accomplish that? Books. There are countless titles that are not just a peep show but rather stimulate you or your guests intellectually as well, thus promoting them from the shadows of your bedside table drawer to center stage on the coffee table. This is a great one for that.
A provocative series of photographs taken over the years in various apartments, hotels and private bedrooms. Quite captivating and another good addition to an intriguing coffee table book collection.
Based on a Johns Hopkins study... leave this book on your coffee table and you are bound to encounter stimulating conversations.... An excerpt from Amazon: "For centuries, women diagnosed with "hysteria"--a "disease paradigm,"... Based on a Johns Hopkins study... leave this book on your coffee table and you are bound to encounter stimulating conversations.... An excerpt from Amazon: "For centuries, women diagnosed with "hysteria"--a "disease paradigm," in Rachel P. Maines's felicitous phrase, thought to result from a lack of sexual intercourse or gratification--were treated by massaging their genitals in order to induce "paroxysm." Male physicians, however, considered the practice drudgery, and sought various ways of avoiding the task, often foisting it off on midwives or, starting in the late 19th century, employing mechanical devices...." FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY It will surprise most readers to learn that the vibrator was invented in the late 1880s as a time-saving device for physicians, who had been treating women's "hysteria" for years with clitoral massage. Denying the sexual nature of the treatments, doctors instead saw the technique as a burdensome chore and welcomed electric devices that would shorten patients' visits. Maines, an independent scholar in the history of technology, presents a straightforward account of the mechanism from its beginning through the 1920s, when it came into disrepute as a medical instrument. Going far beyond a mere summary of therapeutic advances, however, she wryly chronicles the attitude toward women's sexuality in the medical and psychological professions and shows, with searing insight, how some ancient biases are still prevalent in our society. Maines's writing is lively and entertaining, and her research is exhaustive, drawing on texts from Hippocrates to the present day. Proving her point about how women's sexuality is still perceived as an unapproachable subject in some quarters, Maines describes her travails in vibrator historiography, including the loss of her teaching position at Clarkson University. A pioneering and important book, this window into social and technological history also provides a marvelously clear view of contemporary ideas about women's sexuality.