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Your Sacred Pelvis

Herstory of Pleasure

Herstory of Pleasure

As early as the late 1800s, it was medically recommended to vibrate a woman’s vagina to relieve hysteria. Women could go to the doctor to receive this “treatment”. Symptoms of hysteria included depression, insomnia, lack of sex drive, too much sex drive (f*ck that) and “extreme” emotions.

Herstorically, one of the cures for hysteria was a “hysteria-ectomy”, otherwise known as a “hysterectomy”. The Greek root “hystera” means “uterus”. Remove the uterus, remove the hysteria, right?

Fascinating. Two potential treatment for hysteria. Orgasm or hysterectomy. Orgasm in the clinical sense. They did not call it orgasm or associate it with pleasure. It was a medical treatment. Or remove the source of pleasure, creation, desire? Fascinating options.

I wish to reframe. The root of hysteria is patriarchal oppression of women through systems and energetics that require women to work harder than men for what we have and what we need. Let us please meet this by honoring women’s pleasure. Pleasure is our birthright.

About Chaya Aronson

Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is a bodyworker, health and sexuality coach, dancer, lover and mother. Chaya believes that we source our creative, life force expression through our pelvic bowls and if the energy is blocked here, it greatly affects our capacity to be our full authentic selves in the world. Her passion is to support pelvic and abdominal health and healing. The main forms of bodywork she practices are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Bellydance, contact improvisation and yoga have been the central core of her spiritual and physical practice for over 20 years. She weaves the knowledge she’s gained about movement patterns and body structure with her playful and intuitive spirit to support her clients in actively healing their own bodies and spirits.

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