Remember that awesome “tickling the tip of the iceberg” artwork that went viral on Twitter in late 2014 illustrating the look of what an orgasm feels like?

Well, in 1949 the imagery was rather more terrifying, all raw nerves and lightning bolts:

illustration of female orgasm by surrealist artist Tina in November 1949 Sexology magazine

A version of this artwork was also to be found all over Twitter (and on the less-contemplative copycat viral sites) in 2014, where it was typically attributed to the November 1949 issue of Sexology magazine. Although a good set of scanned pages for this magazine does not appear to exist online, I did find the cover, which confirms the existence in that magazine of an illustrated article on the “Evolution of The Female Climax”:

cover, Sexology magazine, 1949

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