A recent Dutch study comparing (heterosexual) female and male brain activity during orgasm is todayâ€™s hottt sexxx headline at the major news outlets. Surprise! The study found â€œstriking differencesâ€! Surprise again! Though the research includes findings for both sexes, the focus of the reportage is on the bizarro female results, with the inevitable conclusion that the groundbreaking 411 will be useful to men in honing their mad fucking skillz.
God forbid a study of female orgasm should fail to add to the male repertoire!
In skimming Google on the subject, I found that in 5 out of 9 news articles womenâ€™s brains are variously described as â€œshutting downâ€ or â€œswitching offâ€ during orgasm. The ultimate male fantasy–the brain-dead sexbot–vindicated by science at last! Of course this terminology is both inaccurate and absurd, since an actual brain shutdown would necessarily result in loss of consciousness, if not death. I donâ€™t know about you, but if I ever lost consciousness during sex it was due to boredom, not orgasm.
[What the study actually found was that parts of the female brain that process the fear reaction were deactivated during orgasm. The researchersâ€™ astonishing deduction? That â€œif you are fearful, it is very hard to have sex.â€ Of course, no headline read â€œWomen Canâ€™t Come When They Fear For Their Very Lives.â€]
The remaining 4 articles I read did not omit to emphasize the weird unfathomability of womenâ€™s brain function, but added their particular delight in the intelligence that a brain scan can â€œspot women faking orgasms.â€ Gotcha!
â€œWomen can imitate orgasm quite well,â€ quoth one of the male researchers, â€œbut there is nothing really happening in the brain.â€
You wish, asshole.
The study failed to address the connection between fear and orgasm faking.