It’s both endearing and disturbing. Jon Stewart, the eloquent host of The Daily Show, can’t bring himself to say “orgasm” during his recent interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal about her new movie, Hysteria.
This popular Comedy Central host—who interviews everyone from movie stars, to foreign diplomats, to presidents, without an errant word—can’t even form a full sentence when it comes to discussing female sexuality and vibrators. Like a nervous adolescent, Jon giggles his way through awkward references, from the Incredible Hulk to Tinker Bell.However, we can’t help but appreciate his initial joke about the setting of the film – Victorian England, an era in which “Men made the decisions about women’s health without the knowledge or the emotional ability.” Watch the clip and see what you think.
Jimmyjane has made an impression on Austria in more ways than one. Of course, the Austrians love FORM Vibrators for their power to please. But now, the Viennese are appreciating our powerful line of pleasure products in a new way – as art.
These practical objets d’arts are currently on exhibit in the MAK, Vienna’s museum of applied and contemporary art. Jimmyjane is featured alongside other design-centric brands from around the world, including Apple, Jawbone, and more.
From the MAK website – Founded in 1863 as the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry, the MAK works toward the sustainable improvement of the interaction between art and commerce."
Sound and power go hand in hand.
When we design our vibrators, our challenge is to get the most power with the least sound. Obviously, most people prefer their vibrators quiet, so as not to ruin the mood (or alert your neighbors of your activities), which is why we have a line of vibrators that are nearly silent.However, Swiss artist Zimoun, uses motors, similar to the ones found inside Jimmyjane vibrators, to play with sound. It is not the motors themselves that make sound, but the objects to which they are attached. Have a look at some of his Sculpting Sound work. Try closing your eyes while listening – what do you envision?
Jimmyjane hosted a screening of Hysteria on May 22nd at San Francisco’s Opera Plaza Landmark Cinema. The exclusive screening was followed be a Q&A with director Tanya Wexler. Afterward, the crowd headed to Jardiniere in Hayes Valley.= for celebratory drinks and general merriment.The San Francisco Chronicle points out that the film “brings up an aspect of 19th century social history that few people know about, one that is more than just interesting or absurd or titillating, but rather illuminating of an entire era's self-delusion.” We’d like to add that it’s also laugh-outloud funny. Read more of what what the press has to say about Hysteria. Then, do yourself a favor and go see it in the theater. It just might be the climax of your weekend.
Has the world not seen enough celebrity sex tapes and nude photos? Every other day, a new blowjob video or a pixilated snapshot of an errant breast is leaked to the Internet. According to Wired Science, this desire to share skin has less to do with fame, and more to do with neuroscience.Being admired is a turn on for women. From Wired - “Studies have found that more than half of women’s sexual fantasies reflect the desire to be sexually irresistible.” What turns men on? Naked bodies. Sounds like a perfect combo. No woman wants to be objectified or seen purely for her body. However, the college co-eds in Girls Gone Wild seem more eager to expose their breasts than their brains. (Or perhaps those racy shots of girls flaunting their intelligence and good judgment were left on the cutting room floor.) Of course, there are many men who expose themselves as well – “At any given moment, one in four cameras on the webcam network ChatRoulette are aimed at a penis.” Which is strange, considering that few women are turned on by disembodied sexual organs. Though straight men will pay all kinds of pennies to watch naked female bodies and body parts online, “not a single website collects cash from ladies interested in surveying amateur photography of phalluses… Women feel the conscious desire to catch the universally attentive male eye, but since women’s erotic attention is rarely ensnared by a penis, the male exhibitionist urge is comparatively vestigial.” Fascinating stuff. We'd love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, click the photo above for an artistic shot of Scarlett Johansson’s naked butt. (Probably NSFW, unless you work for a vibrator company).
Jimmyjane and The Peggy Siegal Company hosted an exclusive premiere of Hysteria last night at New York City's Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Film stars and authors alike joined the event, including star Hugh Dancy, who plays Dr. Mortimer Granville, the inventor of the electric vibrator.The screening and after party at Hotel Chantelle inspired open discussion from attendees, including 86-year-old legend Angela Lansbury, who, like all guests, received a Jimmyjane vibrator in her gift bag. According to the New York Post, Lansbury claims it was her first. As Huffington Post put it, "…guests [were] abuzz with anticipation: What was in those white bags? Celebrants went home with vibrators, which in lieu of Hugh himself, would just have to do." Co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal missed the screening to stay home with her newborn, but sent a message via director Tanya Wexler, which, according to Variety, read – "I hope you enjoy the movie… I have a feeling you may want to come again and again." Read further coverage of the premiere in Interview Magazine, WWD, and NY Daily News.
In honor of Hysteria, our favorite vibrator movie, being released this weekend, we bring you this aptly titled poem by T.S. Eliot, published in 1915.What’s it about? Tell us what you think. Hysteria As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved
in her laughter and being part of it, until her
teeth were only accidental stars with a talent
for squad-drill. I was drawn in by short gasps,
inhaled at each momentary recovery, lost finally
in the dark caverns of her throat, bruised by
the ripple of unseen muscles. An elderly waiter
with trembling hands was hurriedly spreading
a pink and white checked cloth over the rusty
green iron table, saying: "If the lady and
gentleman wish to take their tea in the garden,
if the lady and gentleman wish to take their
tea in the garden ..." I decided that if the
shaking of her breasts could be stopped, some of
the fragments of the afternoon might be collected,
and I concentrated my attention with careful
subtlety to this end.
Writer Andy Isaacson digs into the greater societal meaning of sex accessories in this in-depth article on the founder, philosophy, and creations of Jimmyjane.It’s quite long and quite worth a read. Check it out in The Atlantic.
The New York Times recently did an interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal about sex scenes from the female perspective. Her new film, Hysteria, released by Sony Pictures Classics and directed by friend of Jimmyjane, Tanya Wexler, shows more than one Victorian lady having an orgasm. Though these orgasms—or “paroxysms” as they were known back then—were purely for the medical purpose of relieving the common, women’s “disease” Hysteria, they were still orgasms.That was close to two-hundred years ago, and yet, when you examine today’s portrayal of women and sex (both in the entertainment and political realms), it makes you wonder how far we’ve really come. The New York Times asked Gyllenhaal why honest sex scenes from a female perspective are still so complicated to tackle on film. Or, as Gyllenhaal puts it “The question is, if half of the adult population is women who have sex, why is it [sex on screen] difficult to see?” Says Gyllenhaal – “I’ve thought a lot about women and sex in movies.... The most interesting sex scenes that I’ve done or seen are the ones that are truthful from a women’s perspective — instead of what I think everybody got used to in the ’80s and ’90s: put on a black Victoria’s Secret demi bra, be lit perfectly and arch your back. That’s supposed to look like sex. But that doesn’t look like sex for most people, and if it does, I think you’re probably missing out on a lot. The more truthful you can be, the sexier it is…” What do you think of women in sex scenes? What about their portrayal in the film, Hysteria? How would you like to see the media’s attitudes toward women and sex change? Share your opinions in our comments section. Enter to our Hysteria contest to win $500 gift card or one of our Hysteria Collection Pleasure Sets).
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