I’m very excited to share with all of you a guest strip that I created for Erika Moen‘s phenomenal series Oh Joy Sex Toy. For anyone unfamiliar, Erika is a rockstar cartoonist with two very successful webcomics under her belt (if you haven’t already, go check out DAR and Bucko immediately), but I think Oh Joy Sex Toy is her crowning achievement so far. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s educational – it’s got everything, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute!
My guest comic outlines the hysterical history of vibrators: their journey from the doctor’s office to the nightstand drawers of today! Did you know?? The first vibrators were quack medical devices used to treat a nonexistent disease in women. Fun fact! In 1869, an American physician patented a coal-fired, steam-powered vibrator called “The Manipulator.” All this and more when you go read my new comic at ohjoysextoy.com (NSFW, obviously).
If you finish reading my comic and would still like to learn more about the history vibrators, I highly recommend Dr. Rachel P. Maines’ book, The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction which was an incredibly valuable resource when I was doing research for this piece. I also recommend that those of you in the Bay Area check out Antique Vibrator Museum, located at the Good Vibrations Polk Street store in San Francisco.
If you’d like to learn more about present-day vibrators, check out the archives of Oh Joy Sex Toy. Erika and her other contributors are quite knowledgable, and give excellent advice.