Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Call Dibs On "It's Got Great Buzz!" Jokes

I wonder how many people are aware that the word "Hysteria" originated as polite shorthand for "Women be crazy!!!" back in the day. About as many, I'd wager, as realize that in the not too distant past locker-room humor about the female orgasm being a myth was taken very seriously; leading to what we'd now call sexual-frustration being diagnosed as a kind of female-specific stress disorder requiring "medical massage" (read: handjobs) as treatment - which really took off once the process got "automated" (read: vibrators.)

In the upcoming film "Hysteria;" Hugh Dancy, Johnathan Price and Maggie Gyllenhaal give the history of that last part the gently-ribald British-comedy treatment.



True story: Back during one of my later DVD-retail jobs, I was privy to overhear a customer (male, late-teens) attempt to describe the movie "Kinsey" to his similarly-dispositioned companion. He explained that it was a film about "The dude who invented the blowjob."

10 comments:

Joe said...

I stumbled across the history of the vibrator while in grad school, working the reference desk of the campus library: Rachel P. Maines' The Technology of Orgasm. It included reprints of ads from the 1910s and 1920s Sears catalogues and the like, advertising vibrators as medical stress-relief devices, right next to washing machines and winter coats.

Arturo said...

Looks like the R-rated comedy version of that Fred/Jung movie David Cronenberg is making.

TheDVDGrouch said...

If this movies a hit I wonder how long it will be until we see a movie about the wacky history surrounding the creation of the fleshlight.

Seriously though looks pretty funny.

Greg said...

It looks like the sub-plot in Road to Wellville.

(The term Hysterectomy - comes from the root word Hysterical... because it was thought a woman's 'irratic' behaviour was caused by her nether regions... and through... uh...manual stimulation a woman could find a ...uh...release...from these bad humours).

KevinCV said...

My girlfriend and I are big fans of a few of these British actors in this movie, especially Jonathan Pryce. We may have to check this one out. :D

CraftyAndy said...

this is incredible.

Darren said...

Are you serious 0_o

Lol :/

a.k.a.A.M.V.P said...

Seems like we're running dangerously low on subjects to make movies about. While that may not be true, I say it as a clumsy excuse to use the phrase "Scrapping the bottom of the barrel" in perhaps the most inappropriate context imaginable.

Sofie Liv Pedersen said...

First of.. this actually looks pretty damn funny. I could see myself watch this.

I just love British comemdy! I love how they are so wonderfully uncompromising in all of their stuff, both in movies and television. They just don't have a rating system or well.. they do, there's just no one who cares about it :/
Which is why this movie could only have been good were it made and produced by Brittens :D

On another note.. Bob.. have you heard the Ant-man movie is moving closer, they are now considering actors for main characters.

Ant-Man! .. of all superheroes, they pick one called Ant-Man.. wtf..

And yet strange compelling...

Dan Backslide said...

Not only MUST you review this movie, but it must also be entirely presented in brain-scraping stupid vagina puns.

For five whole minutes.

IT IS YOUR MISSION.