Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., the Josephy Center will host a 74-minute documentary film entitled “Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm.” It is an astonishing history of how the vibrator came into being and current laws banning its sale in several states. This film follows the history of female sexual issues in the late 1700s and into the 1800s, including the common medical belief that it was vital to relieve a woman’s blocked energies, which could send a woman into neurosis and sometimes hysteria.

Women for millennia were required to adapt to the male perspective on sexuality, which left a large contingent of women unfulfilled.

Don Scully, marriage and family therapist, will introduce the evening’s film and give a brief history on the issues with which it deals.

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