Renal Failure recently blogged this matter, so I risk being regarded as a cheesy imitator, but then, how often is it that a whole gender gets told by a bunch of condescending scientists that they are only imagining their bodily experiences?
Um… pretty often in history, actually. We could be here all night. Instead I yield the floor to Dr. Susan Block:
How did Drs. Burri and Spector reach their snarky, international, headline-screaming conclusion that the G-spot is “probably a myth,” a “fiction” virtually forced upon innocent, G-spotless women by nefarious “magazines and sex therapists”? They did a survey of 1,804 British female twins aged 23-83 who answered questionnaires about whether or not they had G-spots. Or thought they had them. Or could find them. Or enjoy them. Or something. What a way to run a treasure hunt.
It just goes to reinforce my commonsense observation that scientists, far from being necessarily as objective as they’d like you to believe, are like other human beings — a mixed bag, some of them captive to social preconceptions and/or their own neuroses, some of them able to wade in (why does every metaphor I use end up sounding suggestive here?) and come to grips (dammit) with the realities in a sincerely curious and constructive way.
There was a time — does anyone remember it? — when doctors debated whether women’s menstrual cramps were real, or whether they were a psychosomatic manifestation of women’s discomfort with their own sexuality. Seriously. This was discussed with a straight face in “Soon You’ll Be A Woman” pamphlets that were floating around when I was a kid. My health teacher in seventh grade explained what masturbation was and said it wasn’t a good idea to do too much of it because then you wouldn’t be satisfied with your husband. I had a client whose first child came rocketing out projectile-style into the lap of a completely unprepared obstetrician, who had been telling Mom all through her pregnancy that, as a marathon runner, she could expect a long, miserable labor and “we’ll be here all night.” There is no end to the malarkey that “experts” have uttered about human bodies, especially women’s.
Some women just naturally do the G thing. Some don’t. Some don’t and then find it happening, or decide to learn how and dig it. How hard is that for science to understand? Are we really on the edge of a precipice if we start a light-of-day conversation about what people do with their genitalia (and what their genitalia do with them)?
Leave it to Dr. Suzy to settle the matter sensibly. Which, of course, requires grappling directly with the sexual subject of inquiry, something that is still, in this allegedly enlightened century, Not Safe For Work Or Newspapers Or (apparently) Research Grants.