Why is there a Clitoral vs. Vaginal Orgasm Controversy?

The infographic I posted yesterday, while fun to read, supported the myth of different distinct types of female orgasm: vaginal and clitoral. The bottom line is that an orgasm is a chemical experience processed by your brain and brought on by physical stimulation. Anything can be stimulated but most people experience orgasm primarily through genital stimulation.

I just popped home before my next meeting so I don’t have time to write in-depth about this debate and my thoughts on it today. Tomorrow, I promise.

In the meantime, I offer a quick reading from Dr. Blumenfield at the PsychiatryTalk blog to illuminate the source of the clit/vag controversy. Pertinent snips:

Masters and Johnson observed that both clitoral and vaginal orgasms had the same stages of physical response. They argued that clitoral stimulation is the primary source of both kinds of orgasms…

Recent discoveries about the size of the clitoris show that clitoral tissue extends some considerable distance inside the body, around the vagina. This discovery may possibly invalidate any attempt to claim that clitoral orgasm and vaginal orgasm are two different things. Clitoral tissue is more widespread than the small visible part most people associate with the word. It is possible that some women have more extensive clitoral tissues and nerves than others, and therefore whereas many women can only achieve orgasm by direct stimulation of the external parts of the clitoris, for others the stimulation of the more generalized tissues of the clitoris via intercourse may be sufficient.

Read the rest here.

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