I was faking it…

one woman’s search for orgasm

Sex and the City and why I can’t orgasm

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Sex and the City is stealing my orgasms, and the orgasms of thousands of other members of their viewing audience.

The problem is that the women on that show are just too damn beautiful.

sex-and-the-city-movieIn The intimate history of the orgasm, Jonathan Margolis describes a 1999 poll which sampled 15, 000 sexually active adults in the US, Canada and the UK and found that “46 % per cent of anorgasmic women blamed the problem on lack of confidence in their appearance” (source, p.64).

That is to say, instead of letting ourselves be consumed by the act of love-making, we keep getting distracted by the image of Carrie Bradshaw’s sharp shoulder blades and the uncomfortable questions that they dig into our psyches: Am I too fat? Am I pretty? What does he think of how I look (especially now that I don’t have any clothes to downplay my thighs)? 

But that isn’t the only way that Sex and the City is apparently undermining the orgasmic potential of women like me.  Not only is the show’s cast of female actors totally thin and attractive but they also generally have really amazing looking sex. Particularly in the case of Samantha.

How are regular women like me supposed to be able to measure up to a woman whose sex drive,  at the age of forty, is able to consume handsome young men half her age?

In another, much smaller study quoted by Margolis, women engaged in sexual self stimulation (masturbation) were monitored in labs and then asked to report on their experience. The intriguing aspect of the experiment was that many subjects which exhibited all the physiological sensations of orgasms, climaxed they hadn’t orgasmed at all, decided instead that “what they had did not seem to feel like what it was supposed to be like it… [thus] women perfectly capable of orgasm refuse to believe that they are having a legitimate one and must instead be experiencing an inferior brand” (source, p.66).

That pleasing sensation around my pelvic region was nice, but since I didn’t scream and howl like Samantha’s did in episode four, season six, than it must not have been the real thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love Sex and the City. But perhaps, if we women are really serious about getting in touch with our own orgasmic capacity, we should start by trying not to compare ourselves to Carrie and Samantha and the rest of them. I, for one, vow not to watch any more episodes…at least till I’ve come.

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  1. I think it is interesting that you are referencing this book. It is actually one of my favorite books. Probably within the top 10 for sex books in the last 10 years.

    Hackett

    January 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  2. yeah, i’m enjoying working my way through it. what are some of your other nine favorites?

    jaquieonassis

    January 25, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  3. Female Ejaculation & the G-Spot, The complete illustrated kama sutra, How to give her absolute pleasure, Kama Sutra for 21st century lovers, She comes first, the perfumed garden, sextasy, unabridged kama sutra, extrended massive orgasm

    Hackett

    January 26, 2009 at 12:00 am

  4. If women have problems with their bodies, they can do “emotional freedom techniques” and/or join a gym.

    Harry Mete

    January 26, 2009 at 3:47 am

  5. […] Posted in 2008, Ottawa, Posting by Ming Wu on June 1st, 2008 Yes I will admit it. I saw Sex and the City: The Movie. I really enjoyed the movie. Screw what the critics say, considering what kind of world […]

  6. Emotional freedome–sounds interesting. Thanks Harry. I will check it out.

    And thanks Hackett for all the book titles.

    jaquieonassis

    January 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm


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