Posts tagged "hysteria"

The Soapbox: Ashley Judd And What It Means When We Talk About Gender & Mental Health

This piece was cross-posted with permission from the Ms. Magazine Blog.  On Tuesday, Mother Jones released an audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking with members of his reelection staff. Much of the conversation focused on actor Ashley Judd, who, until recently, was rumored to be mulling a ru…
By: Stassa Edwards / April 13, 2013

We See Chick Flicks: “Hysteria”

Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones, and Rupert Everett I wanted to love "Hysteria."  I really did.  It has Maggie Gyllenhaal being her ball-busting feminist self, Hugh Dancy looking adorable, and the entire film is about the invention of my favorite thing on Earth, the vibrator. But instead of being the kind of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks Vibrators (Again)

"[My] favorite thing was a woman in Italy said to me, 'Which do you think has done more for women’s equality and emancipation, the vibrator or the dishwasher?'" -- Poor Maggie Gyllenhaal. All her promotion for "Hysteria" — her new film with Hugh Dancy about the invention of the vibrator — is going to force…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2012

Caitlin Flanagan Addresses “Hysteria,” Says Teen Girls “Need More Protection”

Conservative lady-splainer Caitlin Flanagan is handwringing over the teen girls again. No, not only in her new book, Girl Land, which frets about "eighth-grade girls who know how to roll on condoms because they've learned that in school." She's also fretting in last weekend's New York Times op-ed page regarding the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal Discovers A Vibrator In “Hysteria”

The time before the invention of the vibrator is a dark period of world history which I prefer not to think about. But imagine, ladies, if you will, a period when all of a woman's problems were attributed to "hysteria," a vague pathological affliction which doctors found could best be cured by applying pressure…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2011

Maggie Gyllenhaal To Star In “Hysteria” About Invention Of The Vibrator

Finally, the most under-appreciated invention in the history of the world is getting its due; this fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal will film an indie romantic comedy, "Hysteria," about the invention of the vibrator! It's set in Victorian-era London and she plays the daughter of a doctor who treats what used to be called "hysteria,"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2010