Hollywood Taps Good Vibrations' Antique Sex Toy Collection for Hysteria

It's fun to remember sometimes (all the time?) just how different San Francisco is from the rest of the world, a fact that moviemakers unsurprisingly utilize when it suits a new project.

This fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star in a quasi-indie film called Hysteria, a Victorian-era romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator and its fascinating use in the treatment of a “disease” called hysteria. (It's shorthand for “Women feeling emotions is unnatural and should be socially shunned and treated.”) A treatment for this condition? Orgasm.

In need of some inspiration and some images of vibrators that your great-grandmother may have used, the film crew turned its attention to San Francisco's friendly neighborhood sex toy store, Good Vibrations.

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