September 04, 2008
Orgasmic Women Walk Differently

A woman's ability to enjoy sex shows up in her gait.

Paisley, Scotland – September 04, 2008 - A new study found that trained sexologists could infer a woman's history of vaginal orgasm by observing the way she walks. The study is published in the September 2008 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the official journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.

Led by Stuart Brody of the University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with colleagues in Belgium, the study involved 16 female Belgian university students. Subjects completed a questionnaire on their sexual behavior and were then videotaped from a distance while walking in a public place. The videotapes were rated by two professors of sexology and two research assistants trained in the functional-sexological approach to sexology, who were not aware of the women's orgasmic history.

The results showed that the appropriately trained sexologists were able to correctly infer vaginal orgasm through watching the way the women walked over 80 percent of the time. Further analysis revealed that the sum of stride length and vertebral rotation was greater for the vaginally orgasmic women. "This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine," the authors note.

There are several plausible explanations for the results shown by this study. One possibility is that a woman's anatomical features may predispose her to greater or lesser tendency to experience vaginal orgasm. According to Brody, "Blocked pelvic muscles, which might be associated with psychosexual impairments, could both impair vaginal orgasmic response and gait." In addition, vaginally orgasmic women may feel more confident about their sexuality, which might be reflected in their gait. "Such confidence might also be related to the relationship(s) that a woman has had, given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality," the authors state. Research has linked vaginal orgasm to better mental health.

The study provides some support for assumptions of a link between muscle blocks and sexual function, according to the authors. They conclude that it may lend credibility to the idea of incorporating training in movement, breathing and muscle patterns into the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

Will training a woman in how to walk increase her sexual pleasure? Or does the different walk flow from differences in muscle and bone structure or perhaps differences in their nervous system that sexual responses? I'm going to guess that there's a big genetic component to how men and women walk.

Update: Razib uses this story to show a picture of Israeli model Bar Rafaeli. (but I'm totally turned off because she smokes - what a waste). His commenters bring up the question of the direction of flow of causality. Does having a vaginal orgasm cause a woman to walk differently? Or does the same underlying neuro-muscular system cause both the different walk and the greater ease of having vaginal orgasms? I'm guessing the latter and I'm guessing an underlying genetic cause. Ease of orgasm is probably genetically inherited.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 September 04 10:29 PM  Brain Sexuality

Aron said at September 4, 2008 11:48 PM:

ummm.. if 80% of women are 'vaginally orgasmic' this isn't very impressive. Too bad scientists (or the reporters) don't know how to use statistics.

rob said at September 5, 2008 10:03 AM:

Vertebral rotation sounds like a very scientific way of saying "shaking that ass."

njartist said at September 5, 2008 12:13 PM:

Well, duh. Most observant males could tell if a lady in question was sexually active. Even this nerd could tell.

Bandit said at September 5, 2008 12:18 PM:

You dorks didn't know that?

Nick G said at September 5, 2008 1:41 PM:

This was a tiny study: 16 subjects. The observers were able to ID correctly 80% of the time, which means they guessed right 13 times, and wrong 3 times. My guess is, that's not statistically significant at a reasonable 95% confidence level - anybody want to do the math?

I think we should ask for better research before we jump to conclusions (note that the journal is sponsored by an "international" professional group, which usually means "flaky").

Satya said at September 6, 2008 6:06 AM:

Is not the concept of "vaginal orgasm" rather antique? I find it both hillarious & dismaying that primitive & ill founded notions of female sexuality still crop up.

I think I am the only Laydee to have posted a comment so far. Ha ha.

razib said at September 6, 2008 8:45 PM:

but I'm totally turned off because she smokes

turn her around and you'll never be bothered. she looks as good from behind as front.

enzo said at October 12, 2008 5:23 AM:

It is not a scientific study, by opportunist sexologists! Vaginal orgasm and G-spot don’t exist: Sexologists should spread certainties for all women not hypotheses without scientific bases and it is possible stimulate the clitoris during the vaginal intercourse with fingers always (also during first time). See video in newsexology

suzie said at October 20, 2008 11:14 AM:

Is not the concept of "vaginal orgasm" rather antique?
Vaginal orgasm and G-spot don’t exist
Women have four neural pathways to orgasm.
Pelvic Nerve which feeds the vaginal, anal, cervix, bladder and G-spot (which DOES exist and now most doctors agree upon).
Hypogastric Nerve: prostate, cervix, uterus.
Pudendal Nerve: clitoris.
Vagus Nerve: cervix, uterus.

Men have three of these pathways, not including ejaculation, which is a separate function.

The Science of Orgasm; Barry R. Komisaruk, Beverly Whipple and Carlos Beyer-Flores, 2006

enzo said at January 16, 2009 12:00 PM:

RE: suzie. Please, Have you read “The science of orgasm”?... in this book female sexuality is really neglected, because don’t say nothing of the clitoris and of the g-spot!!! The title of this book is "science of orgasm" only to make it more buy! Vaginal orgasm is a term invented by Freud in 1905, it is only a theory: vagina is a reproductive organ with little sensitivity. Sexologists don’t study on specialist textbooks: Female sexual physiology was described in Dickinson’s textbooks in 1949 and by Masters and Johnson in 1966… Vagina doesn’t have an anatomical structure that can cause an orgasm and by now no scientist and no anatomy and neurology textbooks demonstrated some vagus nerve’s terminations in the vagina and in the cervix uteri: the genitosensory component of the vagus nerve is only a theory, not a scientific reality! Please, Have you read grafenberg’s article?...G-spot is not term used in human anatomy: Grafenberg, in 1950, has not discovered any spots, in his article he describes some cases of female and male urethral masturbation and the corpus spongiosum of the female urethra. Grafenberg writes that the intraurethral glands could only release fluids that is not urine during the orgasm: but he did not report an orgasm of intraurethral glands! G-spot is a business (“swindle”) of opportunist sexologists (see g-spot augmentation…). Sexologists and people who believe in a vaginal spot should not use Grafenberg's name yet; Sexologists must to use a correct scientific terminology describing female sexual anatomy and physiology! Sexologists should define as “complete sexual intercourse” (in other words “making love”) the case in which the orgasm happens in both partners with or without a vaginal intercourse (during “first time” it is not obligatory to have a vaginal intercourse)… Sexologists should spread certainties for all women not hypotheses without scientific bases… See video in newsexology

Sexual Reality, Not Myths said at February 27, 2009 2:15 PM:

There is no such thing as the g-spot. It simply doesn't exist. This is not a subject of debate among reputable anatomist and gynocological researchers anywhere in the world. There have been a few quacks out there claiming to have found it, but they've all been discredited. Extensive research has been conducted and thousands of female cadavers scrutinized. The re4sult? Nothing beyond a rare few women have a tiny cluster of prostatic cells on the anterior wall of the vagina. But these cells do not do anything. Nonetheless, this discovery hs lead to a new myth: the male g-spot. This, is of course, the prostate gland, which when stimulated, the vast majority of men find unpleasant. Nonetheless, we are being told that prostatic manipulation will rock our world and there are books and sex toys available to help complete the brainwash. The g-spot is an urban myth started by a silly book on sexuality published in 1982. It amazing me how many billions of dollars have been conned out of people based on sheer ignorance. Really, folks, think logically about this. Humans have been having sex and perfecting technique for a long, long time. We love to write about it and entire libraries on the subject exist. Nowhere in any literature going back thousands of years will you find anything about the g-spot.

Another myth: vaginal orgasms. It's a myth invented by the porn industry. Only the outer third of the vagina is rich in sensory nerve cells and they have no direct connection to the sympathetic nervous system as the clitoris does. Studies have been conducted where women have stimulated either their g-spot (what they thought it was anyway) or their vagina and report when they had a orgasm. Their physiologic responses and brain activity were carefully monitored. The result was that the women who reported g-spot and vaginal orgasms didn't really have an orgasm at all. As it turned out, many of these women were aorgasmic and mistook other physiologic responses as orgasms. Women know not to have orgasmic difficulty never reported orgasm from g-spot and vaginal stimulation alone. This is not to say that penile thrusting in the vagina cannot contribute to orgasm, but it is never enough by itself.

So ladies of the world. Stop chasing these rainbows and learn the truth about your sexual anatomy and physiology. You can't have a healthy, satisfying sex life while chasing these shadows. And men, you too should reject this hooey. Don't wast your time and effort attempting to get some woman off by finding a g-spot that doesn't exist. And, do as I did and watch those gals who claim to have vaginal orgasms. If you do, you will find one of two explanations: 1) as she becomes excited she starts stimulating her clitoris (sometimes subconsciously) or 2) she's faking her orgasm. Unless you are thrusting deeply and fast, or unless you aren't paying attention, you can't miss a real female orgasm, since among other responses, it isn't so much different from yours. Her vaginal muscles will rhythmically contract at intervals of 0.8 seconds (this slows as women age, just as it does for us).

Massage Therapist said at March 10, 2009 3:22 AM:

Suzie look up Grafenburg's original article enzo is right. I have done personal research on the G-spot and the prostate connection theory that Whipple and Perry wrote about in 1982 the g-spot and other recent sexual discoveries. There is no CREDIBLE documented evidence in the world that says that the g-spot is a REALITY. There is just no evidence for it. Bottom line end of story. Anyone with medical cred like Whipple and Perry can come up with a theory but without real evidence prove its a fact its just a theory. The Best seller G-spot book where all this started in 1982 is just absurd "the g-spot is the female prostate" lol are you kidding me? Thats just as silly as the real prostate in males being the G-spot are you kidding?. That is the theory though. Sounds insane doesn't it? Well if it doesn't than you have no commen sense. To believe that a mans prostate is his g-psot than you have to believe that the female g-spot is her prostate because thats the theory. Read the book or look it up if you don't believe me.

I have wondered why there have been dozens of scientific studies on the g-spot and thats because scientist are trying to find out if it exists thats the only reason. There HAS NOT been a single scientific study ever done on the so called male g-spot or the prostate and the orgasms that are alleged to go to along with it because it can't be explained scientifically. In fact a Docter confirmed this to me and he also said that prostate orgasms are a myth based on the sceintific basis.Thats a fact.Ask a MD about it not a sexologist. The prostate does no such thing. To suggest that a man can orgasm from anything other than penile stimulation is nonsense. Considering the penis controls the prostatic secretions the prosate only secretes protate fluid during orgasm but this is acheived through penile stimulation thats it I can't beleive anyone would think otherwise. All men do not like even having there prostate checked why would anyone want to go there based on a BS thoery with no evidence to support it.Just don't do it. I won't do it and I don't know any straight men who have there isn't a Docter anywhere that would recommend it.Gay men like it but its got nothing to do with the prostate and more to do with there mind and rear. The prostate is made from muscular and glandular tissue thats a fact. For sexogist to even suggest that the prostate and the female g-spot have similar tissue and function is insane. Based on what?akaline fluid in vaginal discharge? lol The penis has all the erectile tissue thats connected nerves like a womens clitoris thats why penile stimulation is so pleasurable. Everyone knows this.

On occasion when docter does a prostate massage I read from the department of urology in Cin urine and a small amount of prostate fluid comes out in the urine thats it,no cum thats in the testicles kids,no orgasm and there is usually some pain and discomfort following such a massage.A doctor only does this to check for infection in the prostate by testing the urine and fluid.

Ambrosia said at March 30, 2009 3:00 AM:

if you think the the goddess spot and the concept of cervical stimulation don't exist you and your lady friends are missing out, the clitoris on its own only stimulates an outer and inferior orgasm as it doesn't nourish the soul, using the three gates - the clitoris the the g spot and the cervix, orgasms can last hours. (look up Mantak Chia, releasing ambrosia, taoist sex techniques)
i can orgasm without clitoral stimulation, in fact i prefer it, its rather inferior in comparison to vaginal orgasm

the body is electrical more than just lifeless cadaver ( well some of us are anyway! lol)
it's not so much sexual chemistry as sexual circuitry

i'd say get your head out of books and practice

just a guy said at April 17, 2009 4:57 PM:

Massage therapist: male prostate orgasms are a fact. It doesn't matter what you call it or what a MD says they exist.
I'm a straight male and have been experimenting in this um area lately.
I gave myself one today.
By using a lot of lube, and a toy I stimulate my prostate
and reach orgasm without any stroking or even touching my penis.
The only thing I do aside from the prostate massage in I put some pressure with my hand at the lower base
of my penis. This sort of tightens the skin of the penis a bit. When I cum I don't have an irection, but ivbriefly get one.
The pleasure is centered and eminates from the prostate and there is some pleasure in the penis
But not as much as with orgasm via penile stimulation.
I typically cum a lot, and hard, like when my wife gives me oral.

It's actually very cool, I about the same overall pleasure as sex or
Masterbation, what's cool is I seriously feel like I did when I was fourteen
And masterbated for the first time

Lets get real here. said at June 27, 2009 12:07 AM:

You seem gay to me.You are brainwashed by sexual theorys.Prostate orgasm is fiction because it doesn't have a scientific basis. The penis has 4,000 nerve endings and has scientific basis.So the penis causes far more pleasure than perenium and prostate play which would cause pain and discomfort for men even damage to this gland. The prostate is only made of glandular tissue it doesn't have a stucture that can cause pleasure or an orgasm it only secretes prostate fluid thats its function. You just like anal play its not your prostate you idiot.

DNLee said at November 19, 2010 10:14 AM:

Of course, I'm thinking about my own orgasism behavior and I am curious to know HOW a woman walks that leads one to score her as more or less vaginally orgasmic. Is it a longer gait? Does she switch or sashay when she strides? is she pent up and stiff walking? What is it exactly about her walk that tips the sexologists off?

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