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Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings 7:30 PM (doors open)  

8:00 PM (presentation begins)

14923 Marlin Place - Van Nuys, CA 91405

(End of the cul-de-sac between 14922 and 14927 Marlin Place)

(818) 510-0225

 

No Charge (Donations Accepted)

Bring Snacks and Drinks to Share

 

 

Sex and Culture Lecture Series

A Casa de Pensamiento Libre Production

 

Hosted by Sexual Anthropologist, Dr. Leanna Wolfe

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Wednesday May 30

 

Leanna Wolfe, PhD

 

Orgasm in America:

New Findings on a Perpetually Explosive Topic

 

This presentation explores the cultural penetration of issues raised over the last century by scientists, sexologists and feminists.  In 1905 Freud postulated that “clitoral orgasms” were distinct from “vaginal orgasms” with the former being an adolescent sensation and the latter a mature woman’s experience. Then, in the 1960s Masters and Johnson conducted clinical research that concluded that there is no physiological difference between a “vaginal orgasm” and a “clitoral orgasm.”  1970s feminists challenged this observation; Hite (1976) conducted a national study that concluded that 70% of women are unable to orgasm through intercourse alone while Koedt (1970) proclaimed that “vaginal orgasm” is a myth.  In partnership with Loveology University, I conducted a 1,053 person Internet survey that revealed that gender, age and cultural differences figure strongly in faking orgasm, simultaneous orgasm via penile vaginal intercourse and enhancement methods. Female respondents aged 30-35 were most likely to fake orgasm with their partners and had the lowest incidence of simultaneous orgasm. Respondents overwhelmingly believe clitoral and vaginal orgasms are different (64.3% male; 73% female) with 77% over age 36 contending that females require direct clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm.  Other than respondents who practice tantric sex (17%), enhancement methods were largely gender-based. High gender differentiations were seen with use of stop-start techniques (70.6% of males vs. 40.3% of females) and activation of the pubococcygeus muscle (25.6% males vs. 60.2% females). Finally, nearly half (46%) agreed that sex could be satisfying without orgasm with another 43.7% claiming “it depends” on things like emotional connection, love and rewarding touch.