Ways Women Orgasm

Women’s sexual arousal and orgasm are not automatic

Almost complete mystery surrounds women’s sexual arousal. Women’s PHYSICAL arousal is rarely acknowledged and our understanding of women’s PSYCHOLOGICAL arousal is very vague. No wonder many of us gain the impression that female orgasms simply mushroom up out of nowhere.

Explanations for women’s sexual arousal often defy belief. It is suggested that women, unlike men, can reach orgasm in response to many different sources of physical stimulation – even amazingly from a woman brushing her hair!

This is just one example of how we are asked to believe that women can achieve what even a man would find difficult. It is worth bearing in mind that the majority of men generally know what an orgasm is. Many women are unfamiliar with real female orgasms and are more likely to be talking about sexual arousal.

Of course male orgasm does not occur automatically either, for the most part. Male arousal happens fairly spontaneously but men usually have to work at achieving orgasm. It is men’s ease of arousal that explains why every boy discovers masturbation and makes it inevitable that boys learn how to use what turns them on (fantasy aided by pornographic images) enough to reach orgasm.

Shere Hite found that women, who reach orgasm during intercourse, either ensure that they obtain DIRECT clitoral stimulation by applying orgasm techniques to sex (by masturbating themselves during sex or having their partner masturbate them) or they find ways of maximising INDIRECT clitoral stimulation by finding suitable positions and techniques for sexual intercourse.

Sexual arousal originates in the brain

Female orgasm is one of Nature’s optional freebies – take it or leave it. But just to state the obvious: if anyone is to experience orgasm, they must first be motivated to do so and secondly they must know how to become aroused enough to reach orgasm. Physical stimulation is all very well but before that, something has to be happening in the brain.

A physical and psychological build up is required to generate the consequent sexual release that we call ‘orgasm’. Rather like climbing up the steps of a slide in order to enjoy slipping down the other side, it seems unlikely that even women can reach the peak of orgasm without a build-up of any kind. In other words, a woman is not going to discover orgasm while doing the ironing!

“The more you fantasise, the higher your libido. … it’s pretty well established that the more you think about sex, the more you want it. That makes fantasies the cheapest, most effective sex aid around.” (p249 Hot Sex 1998)

Since female arousal is not required for intercourse women can engage in sex through intercourse without the need to be aroused or orgasmic. This is a major advantage in relationships where a woman can focus on facilitating male orgasm (which, when co-incident with ejaculation, leads to reproduction) rather than aiming for her own (which is not involved in reproduction).

Very few women are familiar with how true sexual arousal is achieved. Unlike male masturbation, which happens fairly naturally, a woman only discovers orgasm through masturbation as a result of consciously choosing to explore her sexuality.

Women have to learn about their sexual arousal and a woman needs to be open-minded enough about eroticism to be able to overcome any moral objections she might have to indulging in the sexual fantasies which lead to orgasm.

“Approximately 30 percent of women don’t have sexual fantasies. For some, it’s a vestige of the old notion that fantasy is something only men do. Others are embarrassed by the harshness of their sexual inspiration and quickly squash it.” (p190 Satisfaction Guaranteed 1996)

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

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5 comments for “Women’s sexual arousal and orgasm are not automatic

  1. Patricia Whelehan
    March 5, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I would like to comment on one aspect of your story.

    Men’s orgasm is NOT necessary for reproduction; ejaculation is. Male orgasm and ejaculation are physiologically separate events. That they often occur spontaneously in adolescent and younger adult me and are perceived to be the same are not equivalent to a identical physiological process.

    There is also controversy and literature discussing the role of female orgasm to reproductive success. Helen Fisher has written about this.

  2. Jane
    March 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for your comment. In fact Kinsey pointed out that orgasm may occur without ejaculation (in young boys who are not yet sexually mature) but ejaculation never occurs without orgasm. There is no other trigger (apart from orgasm) that could cause ejaculation to occur.

    Kinsey suggested that the confusion may arise because orgasm is often considered to be synonymous with ‘sensational pleasure’. Inevitably the intensity of pleasure associated with orgasm varies (and can be quite muted) but it still occurs before ejaculation (in mature men).

    Orgasm may provide the incentive for men to seek out the stimulation that leads to ejaculation. But ejaculation is the prime biological event as well as a man’s desire for intercourse that leads to reproduction when a man ejaculates inside a woman’s vagina.

    This reproductive biology explains why our heterosexual society puts vaginal intercourse at the centre of sex. It does not however mean that vaginal intercourse is the most likely activity that leads to female orgasm because female orgasm has nothing to do with reproduction.

  3. Patricia Whelehan
    March 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I agree with you except for your last point that “female orgasm has nothing to do with reproduction.” That is a controversial topic and is debated within the evolution of sex within anthropology.

  4. Jane
    March 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    What I mean is that a woman can conceive without ever experiencing orgasm.

    This explains why many women never experience orgasm throughout the whole of their lives by any means. It also explains why so few women are concerned about orgasm.

    Despite the knowledge that clitoral stimulation is required for orgasm, our heterosexual society still officially supports vaginal intercourse as the key ‘love-making’ act. Clearly female sexual arousal is not an issue for most couples.

    Vaginal intercourse provides men with the stimulation they need for orgasm. It also allows a woman to take a passive role in sex by facilitating male orgasm rather than aiming for her own. Oral sex and mutual masturbation require more effort and are more explicitly sexual.

  5. Patricia Whelehan
    March 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Jane,
    We agree on these points.
    Pat

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