The Case of the Mysteriously Vanishing G-spot
January 3rd 2010 the Times published an article claiming that, much like the Abominable snowman, Bigfoot and the tooth fairy, the G-spot is a myth. Happy fucking New Year! Of course, this ridiculous fiction posing as fact came to a surprise to the millions of women who are aware of their G-spot and take great pleasure in it. In an era where we have flown men to the moon, made Star Trek’s communicators a reality, grown ears on the backs of mice and cloned sheep, it seems pretty ridiculous that we still haven’t found that elusive G-spot! The article was based on a “study”–if I may use the term loosely–by “scientists” at King’s College London who completed a survey (yes a survey, this is a “study”) on over 1,800 British women aged 23-83 (all pairs of identical twins) who answered questionnaires on whether or not they thought they had a G-spot.
“Um, duh… Like, I don’t know!” The answers of the women in the survey only goes to prove how uneducated women are about their own sexuality, and how repressed our society still is when it comes to sex, especially the female genitals and female sexual response. See Tony Comstock’s blog post on why Google has banned the word clitoris but not penis, for an example of society’s views on female sex orgasms and sexism.
Now, I’m not going to insult your intelligence like the Times did by telling you why this so-called study is absolutely preposterous. It’s pretty obvious. If the “double your pleasure, double your fun” twins are not aware of their G-spot’s existence and haven’t experienced G-spot orgasm, then that is indeed sad. But, I certainly don’t see how a survey given to everyday lay-women can be claimed as proof that the G-spot doesn’t exist (as this is obviously a matter of “some” women’s opinion and not fact), anymore than chanting Bloody Mary 13 times before a mirror will summon up a murderous spirit.
This obtuse “study” brings to mind a similar one from 2008 in which the BBC News declared that the “Female G spot can be detected“, but according to Emmanuele Jannini, the Italian doctor who did the study, not every woman had one. I was absolutely stunned when I first read this disinformation back then and wrote an article about it: “Yes, Virginia, there is a G-spot… But, not every woman has one,” comparing the study with “the ‘wandering womb’ syndrome in the late 1800s” (or hysteria), where “women who desired sexual pleasure and orgasm were considered psychologically abnormal”.
“Dr Jannini’s conclusions are just as misleading as Kinsey’s denial of the vaginal response to stimulation. These ideologies are reminiscent of the “wandering womb” syndrome in the late 1800s. During this time, women’s sexuality was seen as a disorder known as hysteria that had to be cured, and women who desired sexual pleasure and orgasm were considered psychologically abnormal. Jannini’s assertion that the G-spot is missing in some women, threatens to cast us back into the dark ages of belief systems that has shrouded female sexuality in myths. This kind of speculation is damaging to women’s right to pleasure, leading to sexual frustration, false cures and self-doubt. When will we emerge from the shadows?”–Yes, Virginia, there is a G-spot… But, not every woman has one
Well, it appears we still haven’t emerged from Plato’s Dark Cave and many of us are still playing shadow puppets on a blank wall, confusing illusion with reality. So, if you are tired of chasing shadows in the dark and would like to enlighten yourself about the G-spot, here are some insightful articles regarding the debate and info on how to find it.
Dude, Where’s My G-spot? by Violet Blue at SFGate.com
G-spot Resource Guide by Violet Blue
How to Pleasure Your G-spot by Domina Doll
Yes, There Is A G-Spot by Rachel Kramer Bussel at thedailybeast.com
The Real G-spot Myth by Yvonne Roberts at the Guardian
Where Have All the G-spots Gone? by Dr. Petra
The G-spot Revisited by Betty Dodson
Men who care about the g spot are a myth at the Daily Mash
Err on a g spot (History on the topic) by Tom Geoghegan at BBC News Magazine
Does G mark the Spot by Tanya Enberg at Canoe.ca
A Critique of Betty Dodson’s How to Squirt Video by Domina Doll
And, if we still can’t find out whether the G-spot actually exists or not, maybe someone from Mythbusters can take on this enigma and blow a hole through this controversy with one of their giant potato rockets. Ka-fucking-BOOM!