i was just reading an article in The New York Times called “I’ll Have What She’s Thinking.” It’s about research they’ve done with brain scans to investigate the idea of some women having orgasms based on their own fantasies.
Big surprise ~ yes! It can be done. This is not really news to us in the kinky world of course. But it’s not really news to science either. The article says:
The investigations began more than a century ago as physicians described what some called psychic coitus.
On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at the Metropolitan Dispensary and Hospital for Women and Children, the chief physician, T. J. McGillicuddy, issued a warning in “Functional Disorders of the Nervous System in Women,” published in 1896. He said “involuntary orgasms” from erotic thoughts could lower a woman’s vital energies and “cause melancholia and mental weakness.”
As a cure, he recommended hard mattresses and cold sponge baths.
Of course, that “cure” would discourage people from talking about the experience, right? Despite that disincentive:
Surveys revealed that the phenomenon, while rare, nonetheless seemed to occur with some regularity. In 1948, Alfred C. Kinsey of Indiana University and his colleagues published “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” That groundbreaking study looked at thousands of cases but noted only two in which men “could reach climax by deliberate concentration of thought on erotic situations.”
But the team’s follow-up report on women, published in 1953, surveyed 2,727 women, and the researchers found that 2 percent of the interviewees — 54 women — reported an ability to reach orgasm by “fantasy alone.”
That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? I wonder if the stats are higher for those of us in the BDSM community. Now there’s another study just waiting to happen!
This article also reminds me that my libido is still way down, and it would be nice to boost that a bit. Maybe i should be reading that book on Tantric Sex instead of just looking at it on my shelf…