Blinded With Science: Sex, Sexology, and What Women Really Want: The Blowfish Blog

Clitoris_anatomyI have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about recent scientific research into female sexual desire, research showing (among other things) that women’s physical reactions to sexual images don’t tend to line up with our mental reactions (you know, the New York Times article everyone’s talking about)… and the dangers of jumping to conclusions about the “real” reasons for any particular sexual behavior.

It’s called Blinded With Science: Sex, Sexology, and What Women Really Want, and here’s the teaser:

It’s easy to come up with possible explanations for behavior. Especially when it comes to sex. It’s almost like a Rorschach test: in the absence of a truly excellent set of supporting data, the theories people come up with to explain sex tells you more about the theorizers than they do about the theories.

To read more, read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!

Oh, and a small favor: If you comment on this piece here, could you also cross-post your comment on the piece itself on the Blowfish Blog? They like comments there, too. Thanks!


  1. says

    I also briefly commented on that article on my own blog, I tend to assume that it all has more to do with the surrounding culture. (Actually I connect the influence of culture with many many things, including sexual orientation too, partially.)
    I think the best thing the scientists can do is to try to repeat their experiments in Iran and Nigeria or different countries like that. I suspect that they would get a much different picture. But of course it’s not easy to insert plethysmographs into women’s vagina in Iran… might still work with other countries in Africa/Asia though.

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