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Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm (2007)





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The male-dominated fields of medicine and psychology didn't always display a tremendous understanding of women (or a sensitivity to their sexual needs) prior to the rise of the Sexual Revolution in the 1960s and the Women's Movement in the 1970s, and for decades the existence of the female orgasm wasn't even acknowledged in many circles. When a greater understanding of women's sexuality began to emerge, the realities of female autoeroticism became less of a mystery, and with this revelation came the not-so-little secret of the electromechanical vibrator, which first became available in 1883. While they were sold for years as massagers, many women found a more personal use for them, and while they were openly embraced as sexual aids in some quarters, in more conservative territories of the United States, selling a vibrator as a sex toy is still against the law. Documentary filmmakers Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori examine the public history of the female orgasm and how the vibrator became part of the story in Power and Passion: The Technology of Orgasm, a witty but informative film that focuses on female sexuality in both the past and the present.

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Gerri Lawlor
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Critic Reviews for Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Passion & Power may lay it on too thick with its You Go, Girl! message, but in the end it does bring to life a remarkably amusing and strange secret history.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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A tasteful examination of the climax strictly from the female perspective, incorporating a clever combination of the clinical, the carnal and even the downright comical.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm


Fun, brisk, often surprising examination of the vibrator's secret history as well as its current troubles (in Texas, where you can't sell them legally)

Ben Hamamoto
Ben Hamamoto

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