January 31st, 2012
Orgasm Inc.: Filmmaker Liz Canner on Women and the Orgasm Industry
By Tamara McClintock Greenberg
Whether or not women orgasm and how they orgasm has been the subject of speculation for thousands of years. The diagnosis of hysteria in women began with Hippocrates and has been associated with pathology in female sexuality and reproduction. Galen, another early physician, thought hysteria represented a lack of sexual gratification in women who were particularly passionate.
How much has the understanding of women’s sexuality advanced in the last century? Are current medical understandings of female sexuality influenced by notions of how women should feel sexual pleasure? And, in this day and age of pharmaceutical marketing, are some trying to pathologize and hence, capitalize on the sexual difficulties of some women?