Ways Women Orgasm

Understanding women’s sexual arousal

Sex is associated with reproduction and with pleasure. Male orgasm is usually co-incident with ejaculation which leads to reproduction but female orgasm is not required for a woman to become pregnant.

So it’s at least possible that women may experience sexual pleasure (including sexual desire, sexual arousal and orgasm) differently to men.

Men discover orgasm at a young age but women have no way of knowing what orgasm is or how to achieve it – either alone or with a partner.

One woman learned to masturbate at the age of 28. Up until then she had always assumed that she experienced orgasm during sex but, in fact, she never had (see How to use a vibrator to discover orgasm).

It is difficult for men to appreciate that women do not have the same level of familiarity with their own sexual arousal and orgasm that men do. Women are certainly capable of orgasm but it does not happen spontaneously. Women have to learn how to orgasm.

“The average male is aroused in anticipation of a sexual relationship, and he usually comes to erection and is ready to proceed directly to orgasm as soon as or even before he makes any actual contact. The average female, on the contrary, is less often aroused by such anticipation, and sometimes she does not begin to respond until there has been a considerable amount of physical stimulation.” (p627 Sexual behavior in the human female 1953)

Unlike men, women rarely experience erections and even if they do, they are much less conscious of them. The clitoris may have millions of nerve endings but physical sex play does not lead to sexual arousal as easily as for men. So a woman can certainly enjoy passionate kissing but, even as a lead into sex, kissing does not cause a female genital erection (of the clitoris).

Very few women masturbate regularly to enjoy orgasm. They have no experience of enjoying true sexual arousal, which starts when the mind tunes into sexual fantasies and leads to orgasm through clitoral stimulation. Women today are told that female orgasm occurs naturally during sex so even sexually experienced women assume that they orgasm during sex when they don’t.

This is why some women, often quite innocently, mislead others about how easy it all is. Such women explain their sexual arousal in terms of their relationship and so they never understand why anyone would masturbate. Most women who claim to orgasm with a partner are talking about emotional sensations. Hence the term ’emotional orgasm’ coined by Shere Hite.

It’s important not to be judgmental about other people’s sexual experiences. But it can be misleading when we try to compare different women’s explanations for orgasm because we are not necessarily talking about the same thing. An orgasm, in the sense that men would probably understand the term, involves a release of sexual feelings not loving feelings.

Women who do not appreciate eroticism can completely miss the point of sexual pleasure. Women who learn to enjoy orgasm from female masturbation use highly explicit sexual fantasies. These orgasms involve a release of sexual emotions. They are not necessarily any better than the ’emotional orgasms’ women get from loving emotions – they are simply different.

Sadly the aversion that many women have to eroticism actually prevents younger women learning how to orgasm. Also given vaginal intercourse continues to be promoted as the only proper sexual activity, despite the fact that it provides insufficient clitoral stimulation for orgasm, means that women often never learn how they can enjoy true sexual arousal with a lover.

In case you doubt how common it is for women to have difficulty with orgasm during sex, just take a look at the thousands of articles on the web offering advice on this very topic! Of course, these articles always promise ‘easy orgasms’, ‘multiple orgasms’ or ‘mind-blowing orgasms’ just so couples don’t give up trying!

There is not even one article promising men easy orgasm because male orgasm is most usually a given.

Excerpt from Jane’s book Ways Women Orgasm (2011)

2 comments for “Understanding women’s sexual arousal

  1. Anon
    May 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Your views had limited society’s understanding and continues to misinform the public of the woman’s natural capacities for a healthy and high sexual appetite, sexual desires, and diverse sexual interests. Women are reported to rate sex life just as important as men (if not more), and be just as unhappy as men, if not more so, when it comes to a lack or decline in sex and sexual adventurism in a romantic relationship. Many reports note that in heterosexual sex relationships, the woman’s inability to orgasm is in part due to her partner’s inability to give her an orgasm, among other reasons. A woman’s body, chemical reactions, and physical traits change when she is sexually aroused, just as a man, even if she doesn’t have an erect penis to prove it.

    I’m sorry, but I am highly offended by this blog that claims several myths that feminists have tried to refute for the last 50-60 years. Pardon my bluntness but your claims are archaic and reeks of phallocentrism.

  2. Jane
    May 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Naturally I am sorry to have caused anyone offence. I find it difficult to understand why people so often bring so much emotion to any discussion of sex.

    We have appallingly bad sex information today because not only is information that supports male fantasies so hotly promoted but any information that suggests some women do not respond as men would like them to is actively suppressed.

    Political and emotional pressure means we have a form of voluntary censorship. Women, being much less responsive, are in fact more motivated (than men are) to suppress information that makes them feel inadequate.

    People reject information that they cannot personally relate to (or have no experience of). But the world is make up of a wide variety of individuals all with very different experiences, attitudes and capacities.

    You acknowledge that women have difficulties with orgasm – this implies a difference. You blame men but why is a man responsible for both his own orgasm and his partner’s?

    Not one woman in my life has ever volunteered to compare sexual knowledge or experiences. Yet as soon a woman does (as I am doing) women are mortally offended. Someone has to start somewhere. I don’t see why anyone’s sexual experiences should be so offensive.

    No one is compelled to read information that they do not want to. If the information is not helpful then move on and find a point of view that you do agree with.

    I am talking openly about my experiences of sex (and those of women I have talked to) in order to stimulate further discussion on this website to improve our understanding of female sexuality so that women can make the most of their sexual experiences over the longer-term.

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