NEWSFLASH! Sexual Pleasure is All in Your Head!

Okay, guys and gals. I want you to think hard about this one — have you ever gotten a  warm, tingly, whatever you want to call it as long as it’s a nice, stimulating feeling, below your belts when thinking about someone you’re physically attracted to? Or when watching a hot sex scene in a movie?  I want a show of hands. Raise ‘em high!

You’re probably thinking, um, duh, Sophia, I get sexually aroused when I think of sexually arousing things! What are you, stupid?

Well, I’m not, but some scientists seem to be a bit, um, let’s say, naive.

A new study is being touted saying that, gasp, sexual arousal is very emotionally driven in women, much more than they had “previously realized.”

Honestly, I do not see how this is any kind of revelation. The article explains studies in which subjects were coached through arousal in an MRI machine, while scientists studied which parts of the brain “lit up” during feelings leading up to and during orgasm.

The scientists quoted in the article say:

The scans show that, during sex, the parts of the female brain responsible for processing fear, anxiety and emotion start to relax more and more, reaching a peak at orgasm, when the female brain’s anxiety and emotion are effectively closed down to produce an almost trance-like state.

I might be a little bit over-zealous here, but give me a break. I didn’t need a scientist to tell me that. It’s no news that many women (and men) masturbate when they are stressed, anxious, or trying to fall asleep.  And hell, tell me you haven’t sat through a boring class, stressful meeting, or what-have-you and not fantasized yourself into tizzy and suddenly blinked and realized that whatever you were sitting through was inexplicably over?!

Listen, I think it’s great that people want to study the female orgasm, because many people still attack the clitoris with blunt force and still consider it quite taboo and mysterious, but the fact that this is what they’re touting as a scientific breakthrough is pretty… disheartening.  The article says that there is the potential for targeting anti-anxiety and depressant drugs with this “new” information, but seriously, seriously, how is this new information?! Oh, wait, it’s not. Not the first “mmm … duh!” moment at Zelda Lily regarding “scientific discoveries” on the female orgasm, not at all.

The author of this article seems pretty damned excited about this “revelation” though. Now we can dump all that magazine sex advice (as if any of us were listening to them anyway)! We have the way to a great sex life! It’s all in our heads!

Oh boy.

The most hilarious part of this article for me, though, is the end, where the author addresses the concern that this godly revelation about female orgasm will make women less inclined to have sex with other people. Because they’ll substitute mental solo sex for a relationship.  Yes, this is actually something that is debated.

Uh, how long have vibrators existed people? No, scratch that, how long has simple masturbation existed? The answer: forever. Before most children can even talk they will accidentally masturbate. Women masturbate. Men masturbate. People who are having regular sex masturbate. People who are in long term relationships masturbate. I masturbate! Hell, I’ve even had orgasms in my dreams (an other-worldly experience, let me tell you)! And despite all that I still desire physical activity with other human beings. Masturbation is great, and hey, fantasizing to make my crotch all warm is awesome, but that’s not going to replace the emotional and physical connection that comes with partner sex.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go bang my head against a wall.

Or masturbate.

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