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Maggie Gyllenhaal fights for her right to vibrate

Jenna Milly is a screenwriter. She co-created the TBS microseries "Gillian in Georgia." She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Sh...

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Hysteria, the indie period flick starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, tells the story of the one woman who fought for the invention that would change the lives of millions -- the vibrator. Nice work, Mags!

When you think about it, someone had to come up with the idea, to make a machine that would give a woman a little something-something down there. You know what we mean. The invention of the vibrator had to happen somewhere, by someone.

And apparently, it was in England in the Victorian era. Gasp! Who would have thought?

Even nowadays the idea of a woman using a device to help things along is a bit of a sore subject among men. Try being the gal who came up with the grand old idea in the mid-19th century. Total buzzkill at a party. Well, almost.

Some told this woman her idea sounded a little mad, hysterical to be exact. That’s the subject of the new British romantic comedy, Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. So, what’s this movie about? One woman’s journey to having her voice heard when everyone else thinks she’s mad.

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Gyllenhaal herself says even now she’s become somewhat of a vibrator icon, if there is such a thing. A U.K. publication The Globe and Mail reports that during the filming and after, Maggie Gyllenhaal received several vibrators as gifts from friends and fans. “People just kept giving them to me,” she said.

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SheKnows brings you this exclusive clip from Hysteria where Gyllenhaal performs opposite Hugh Dancy in a quest to gain support for her cause.

The film co-stars Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Tomorrow Never Dies), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding, The Importance of Being Earnest).

Hysteria is currently in theaters in select cities.

Girls just want to have fun, right?

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