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Hysteria comes to San Francisco

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:44:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

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.
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Flirting vs. Flaunting

Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:02:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

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).
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Jimmyjane hosts Hysteria Premiere in NYC

Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:57:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

Hysteria Party

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.
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Bruised by the ripple of unseen muscles

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:04:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

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.

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Can a Better Vibrator Inspire an Age of Great American Sex?

Monday, May 14, 2012 5:42:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

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.
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Women and sex scenes

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:26:14 PM America/Los_Angeles

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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Now, that's a healthy attitude about sex.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:29:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

We'd love to see what these "Golden Sisters" think of our FORM line up. Perhaps we'll ask them.
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How Far We've Come

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9:23:26 AM America/Los_Angeles

With the upcoming release of Hysteria from Sony Pictures Classics, everyone is all in a tizzy – or should we say “In hysterics” – about where the vibrator came from, why it was invented, and how it came to be the lovely little masterpiece it is today.

As the official partner for the release of Hysteria, we thought we’d help out Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Darcy with a little Vibrator History 101. You can read more about it on our Hysteria page (where you can also enter to our Hysteria contest to win $500 gift card or one of our Hysteria Collection Pleasure Sets).       A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VIBRATOR Victorian Era 1869 – George Taylor, M.D. is credited with patenting one of the first vibrators, a steam-powered invention, the “Manipulator.” 1880 – Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville patents the first electromechanical vibrator. 1902 – The American company Hamilton Beach patents the first electric vibrator available for retail sale. Turn of the Century 1902-1920’s – Vibrators are sold in women’s health and fashion as “home-health” devices. 1920 – The appearance of vibrators in “stag films” lifts the veil on their sexual uses, driving the market underground. Sexual Revolution 1960’s – Vibrators reemerge as pleasure accessories during the sexual revolution. 1977 – Good Vibrations opens its doors, marking the beginning of the clean, well lit “Sex Positive” retail movement. The HBO Era 1998 – Sex and the City puts the ICONIC RABBIT in the spotlight, mainstreaming the conversation of the product. The Age of Jimmyjane 2004 – Jimmyjane launches its Premiere Collection into premium lingerie stores, department stores and design concept shops 2006– Jimmyjane introduces FORM 6, the first truly waterproof vibrator with cordless charging 2009-2011 – Jimmyjane launches the Pleasure to the People Series, expanding the reach and possibilities of the FORM line. 2012 – Sony Pictures Classics releases Hysteria, a film about the invention of the vibrator.  
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Finding the G-spot

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:27:52 PM America/Los_Angeles

Ever since Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg wrote his paper on the “female prostate” in 1950 (named the G-spot in 1981 - a posthumous honor), scientists have been attempting to prove its existence.

As many as half of women report that they derive sexual pleasure and even orgasm from stimulation of the soft spongy tissue about halfway up the front wall of the vagina. That’s good enough evidence for us at Jimmyjane, but it’s not exactly scientific proof. Well, there may have been a new development in the world of female sexology. Adam Ostrzenski, MD, PhD, of St. Petersburg, Florida dissected the vagina of a recently deceased 83-year-old woman and found a tiny structure that he believes to be the ever elusive G-spot. This alleged sexual pleasure center is less than one third of an inch long and is contained in a bluish sac buried deep within the anterior wall of the vagina. This bluish tissue looks like “a tiny bunch of grapes with a white rope-like tail,” as pictured in the photograph. Okay, we’re kidding – those are actually just grapes. However, not everyone in the medical field is convinced. As other professionals in the gynecology field point out, we are not familiar with the sex life of this deceased woman – did she even experience G-spot orgasms? We’ll never know. What’s the Jimmyjane stance on it? While scientific evidence is interesting and potentially useful, it doesn’t play a vital role in the pursuit of sexual pleasure. No matter what doctors and scientists say, only you know what turns you on and gets you off. We encourage women to try stimulating their G-spot and just see if it feels good (you can find tips on how to reach it in our How To Orgasm guide). If it feels good, awesome. If not, no problem – there are plenty of alternative erotic zones and techniques that lead to pleasure. Ostrzenski's report is scheduled to appear in the May issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Source: WebMD
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Safe and Sexy for Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:45:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

Buying cheap, poorly made, “disposable” sex accessories that end up in the trash after a month of use makes the polar bears cry. Make the polar bears happy this Earth Day and opt for environmentally-friendly, body-safe and socially conscious vibrators, lubricants and condoms.

Jimmyjane, Blossom Organics and Sir Richard’s Condom Company have come together for the greater good. Each company was started with the same fundamental belief – since sexual products can significantly impact our planet and our personal wellbeing, manufacturers in the pleasure industry are responsible for quality, safety, accountability and of course, uncompromising excellence. Read more about our environmental commitment and download SAFE SEXY, the Smart Shopper’s Pocket Reference.
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