Yeah, it took me years to accept the reality that women can become hooked on it.
Little annoys me more than the Victorian-era idea of women as sexless. That stuff caused so much damage, it's unreal. That -- along with corsets that disallowed normal breathing and movement, and other restrictions on women based on what was considered "lady-like" -- are the causes of all the "hysteria" and "neurasthenia" cases of that era. And do you know how doctors treated hysteria and neurasthenia? Alongside diet and bedrest, etc., they treated it by giving women "hysterial paroxysms" in their doctors' offices. "Hysterical paroxysm" was brought about by -- massaging the genitals until the woman had a "fit." That's how vibrators were developed: doctors got tired of doing it by hand.
So women would go and get their "hysterical paroxysm" and leave the doctor's office feeling good for once. If women had been seen as the sexual creatures we are, husbands would've been doing that instead of doctors.
Speaking of corsets:
From "Science - An Illustrated Journal," July-December 1887:
Her doctor: "In time, it won't be possible to move without the corset, or in the worst case, it won't be possible to move in general."
(38 cm = 14.9 inches)