10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm
“Bonk” author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Ted Talks are pretty amazing sometimes. I’ve only watched a handful of them here and there, and I had bookmarked this one in my “blog post leads” folder a while back for possible inclusion on Cuntlove.
I found it rather interesting. It’s not what I was expecting. I had assumed it would be a run down of ten things we didn’t know about the female orgasm for some reason, but even though it wasn’t what I had expected I really enjoyed listened to Mary Roach speak. She’s really fun to listen to.
If you’ve already watched the video, you’ll know what I’m referring to when I write about the “up-suck” phenomena. I took particular note of that part of the talk, because I’m reading a book right now called Decoding Love, which is a book that takes a look at love and attraction through the perspective of evolutionary biology, psychology, and sociology.
Although the author of Decoding Love, Andrew Trees, doesn’t use the term “up-suck” he does write about how the female orgasm was long believed to have no evolutionary or biological purpose, until it was discovered that female orgasm does in fact increase the potential of fertilization by “sucking up” semen through the cervix.
Evolutionary biology is a pretty interesting field, even if I’m not completely sold on the whole “men want to spread their seed far and wide” while “women want to guard their eggs for the best possible donor” thing. It seems reductive when excluding cultural implications, and just like Nazis misinterpreted Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest and perverted it to suit their racist ideals, there are douche bags out there that like to misinterpret Darwin’s theory of sexual selection to justify some pretty misogynistic behavior.
Biological imperatives exist, I just don’t like it when people fall back on them to excuse their behavior. If you want to have sex with as many people as you possibly can, that’s cool. You’ve got my support in your endeavour. Just don’t tell me it’s because you were wired that way. I’d much rather hear about how much you like sex and variety. That’s something I can wrap my mind around. Free will, baby, it exists for a reason. And with freedom comes responsibility. Do it. Own it. Love it.
Just a few thoughts…