Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm

Written and directed by Emiko Omori and Wendy Blair Slick, Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm is a brief history of the vibrator and our understanding of the female orgasm. The film is intelligent, engaging, informative, and has a style as humorous as it is aesthetic.

imagesOne fascinating bit of information I learned is that as of 2006, it was a felony to sell sexual devices in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas—one of countless destructive symptoms of the still-entrenched patriarchal dominance and the consequent fear of female power on planet Earth. Of course, gun and Viagra sales are not illegal—but are, of course, aggressively marketed.

The First Run Features DVD includes: Interview Extras, Behind the Scenes, Trailer: Dancing Vibrators, Filmmaker Notes, Filmmaker Biographies, and Trailer Gallery.

Vibrators appearing in the film were provided by San Francisco’s own Good Vibrations (

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