One of the reigning myths that helps maintain the orgasm gap is that there are inherent gender differences for why men and women have sex.
Like other gender gaps, it is important to continue pushing past individual explanations and understand the gender gap in orgasms as a form of gender inequality.
A study that finds good sex gets rid of nasal congestion is definitely worthy of careful appraisal.
Here’s a snapshot of what research tells us about female orgasms, what we don’t know, and what researchers want to know next.
Women and their doctors need to communicate about potential sexual side effects from procedures that involve the cervix.
Sexual health experts say it’s a misconception that the cervix is insensitive, which can have implications for some medical procedures.
The debate about why women have a clitoris has long been shaped by cultural, religious and moral influences.
New research suggests the clitoris is equally as important for reproduction as it is for sexual pleasure. But the evidence behind that claim is up for debate.
Rats have similar physiological reactions to humans when it comes to orgasms.
How do we get get aroused? And how can this happen without noticing it? Do the sounds we make during sex mean anything? Could rats help us figure these questions out?
New research suggests that midlife Canadians struggle with a variety of sexual problems, with low desire reported as most common for both men and women.
Low libido, problems ejaculating, vaginal pain – these problems are common for midlife Canadians, and some of them are way more likely if you’re married.
Studies show that women reach climax less often than men do during sexual encounters together.
Women report one orgasm for every three from men. Part of the problem might lie in what happens in the bedroom.
Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women.
Australian women were once largely seen as reproducers, rather than lovers: sexual pleasure was suspect. Attitudes have changed, yet our culture is still troubled by female desire.
The alleged sexual incompatibility of the heterosexual couple is not actually new.
Surveys of sexual practice conducted between 1921 and 1995 found that women tend not to have orgasms during penile-vaginal sex. And yet men’s and women’s magazines continue to offer ‘lessons’.
Fly me to the moon.
Scientists have tended to think of nonhuman sexual behaviour as being all about reproduction. In fact, there is far more ha ha hee hee than we give animals credit for.
Our culture tells women there’s something wrong with them if they don’t orgasm.
The recently published Italian study suggesting women can only have clitoral, rather than vaginal, orgasms raises important questions about the medicalisation of female sexuality and sexual dysfunction…
Most women are just happy to have an orgasm, any old way.
Controversy over vaginal versus clitoral orgasm is nothing new; it’s a debate that has consumed sexologists and psychoanalysts for the last 100 years. Now, new research has added fresh fuel to the controversy…
Rejoice, men: you may not need to hold your clock in dismay.
If you’re in a room with 20 random blokes, it’s likely six or seven of them are worried about and unsatisfied with their ability to control their ejaculation during partnered sex. In other words, these…
Is there a link between the function of the female orgasm and producing more handsome offspring?
Women orgasm more readily during sex with a handsome partner, a study of heterosexual couples has found, with researchers concluding the female orgasm may be linked to an evolutionary urge to produce ‘quality…
Women’s orgasms might be as useful as male nipples.
Why do women have orgasms? That may seem like a strange question, but it’s one which has perplexed scientists for decades and provoked fiery academic debates along the way. The real question is: what is…