For 30 plus years, women, physicians, and sexologists have been debating the existence of the G-spot. It began in 1982 after a new phenomenon for achieving orgasm in women was introduced by a best-selling book entitled The G-Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality.
Until its publication, it was known and understood that most women do not have an orgasm during coitus (intercourse). The majority of women need clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm. With the introduction of the G-spot, additional pressure was put on women to not only attain a vaginal orgasm but now they had to attain a G- spot orgasm.
The discourse of the G-spot does not just reorganize the relative meanings of clitoral and vaginal pleasure; it posits the existence of a whole new body part. Moreover, the exception and expectation with the G-spot orgasm as it was more intense and in some women it could cause female ejaculation. From twenty-seven pages out of this best-selling book, the ongoing debate began between physicians, sexologists, and laypeople in search of their own G-spot.
The G-spot is a great example of the strengths and limitations of expert sex researchers. In 1982, Alice Ladas Ed.D. a psychologist, Beverly Whipple R.N. a registered nurse and sex counselor, and John Perry Ph.D. a psychologist and sexologist attributed their findings to Ernest Grafenberg who published in the International Journal of Sexology, The Role of Urethra in Female Orgasm.
G-spot back in the 1950s
In this article written in 1950, Grafenberg discusses redefining frigidity and sexual satisfaction in women. He simply states that women can enjoy sex and have orgasms in multiple ways not just vaginally.
“Innumerable erotogenic spots are distributed all over the body, from where sexual satisfaction can be elicited; these are so many that we can almost say that there is no part of the female body which does not give a sexual response, the partner has only to find the erotogenic zones” (Grafenberg, 1950).
This is a wonderful statement made 65 years ago, it frees women to derive pleasure from sexual touch in every part of their body instead of focusing on one particular part. Truth be told, the name of the 1982 book was due to the publishing company. The company was well aware that the title “The G-Spot” would sell more copies. Indeed it did and the vernacular “G-Spot” has been a part of women’s sexuality for several decades. Surprisingly it remains in 2015, when countless specialists, physicians, and sexologists, have denied its existence.
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