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The most important career decision you’re going to make

(as a woman) The most important career decision you’re going to make is whether or not you have a life partner, and who that partner is.

– Sheryl Sandberg in her 2011 Barnard College Commencement address.

Female Viagra Doesn’t Improve Sexual Desire

From LiveScience.com by Jessica Ward Jones

After much review and public controversy, the FDA met this week and determined that flibanserin, a new medication that was hoped to be an effective treatment for female sexual arousal disorder, did not significantly improve symptoms of the disorder, and ruled against approving the medication.

Female sexual arousal disorder, also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, (HSDD) is a relatively new diagnosis. It was historically known as frigidity, and more attention was given to the concept of the lack of sexual desire or arousal as a biological disorder potentially treatable with pharmaceuticals. When Sildenifil (Viagra) appeared on the market with enormous publicity and profit for the pharmaceutical industry, a lack of desire in women came under consideration as a potentially treatable disease. Read more

Orgasm-Seeking Women Find Little Help From Science

From LiveScience.com by Stephanie Pappas

For one out of four women, orgasm during sex is an elusive goal. According to a new report, medical science isn’t doing enough to ensure these women find satisfaction between the sheets.

The paper, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, reviews 101 studies on female orgasm disorder, a condition in which women have difficulty reaching climax or can’t orgasm at all. Despite the fact that inability to orgasm is the second most common female sexual complaint after lack of desire, and orgasm is one of the top 50 reasons we have sex, treatments for the disorder are inadequate, the authors conclude.

“We’re not doing enough research,” said Waguih William IsHak, a psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the lead author of the paper. “There are a lot of great clinicians who work with patients using therapy, but when it comes to medications, it’s all trial and error.”

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Uncovering the Truth: Why Women ‘Fake It’

Posted on LiveScience, by Jennifer Welsh, June 6, 2011

Women’s fake screams of ecstasy in bed may have less to do with trying to protect the sensitive egos of their partners, and more to do with a gal’s own personal insecurities and fear of intimacy, new research suggests.

Approximately 60 percent of women have faked an orgasm during intercourse or oral sex, according to Erin Cooper of Temple University, who has been studying these women to figure out why.

“This is something that we talk about happening in popular culture, in the movies and magazines,” Cooper told LiveScience. “We know that this is pretty prevalent in our culture, but we don’t know much about it from a scientific standpoint. That to me is a real catastrophe.”

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Female orgasm captured in series of brain scans

From guardian.co.uk, Nov 14, 2011 by Ian Sample

The animation will help scientists understand how the female brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to an orgasm

Scientists have used brain scan images to create the world’s first movie of the female brain as it approaches, experiences and recovers from an orgasm. The animation reveals the steady buildup of activity in the brain as disparate regions flicker into life and then come together in a crescendo of activity before gently settling back down again.

To make the animation, researchers monitored a woman’s brain as she lay in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and stimulated herself. The research will help scientists to understand how the brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to sexual climax in a woman.

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Will the Real Lesbian Please Stand Up?

From SEXIS What You Want It To Be written by by Tinamarie Bernard

It wasn’t until a long-time friend confided in her about her a midlife lesbian affair that the author was willing to investigate female sexual fluidity, and not just from a scientific distance — new research suggests a woman’s libidinous nature expands as she ages — but also psychologically.

What is it about growing older that frees women to explore fantasies they may never have had envisioned in their younger, heterosexual days?

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Dalma Heyn on women and marriage

Dalma Heyn On How Women Change After Marriage

Dalma Heyn On Marriage

The Technology of Orgasm

The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction by Rachel P. Maines

From the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, massaging female patients to orgasm was a staple of medical practice among Western physicians in the treatment of “hysteria,” an ailment once considered both common and chronic in women. Doctors loathed this time-consuming procedure and for centuries relied on midwives. Later, they substituted the efficiency of mechanical devices, including the electric vibrator, invented in the 1880s. In The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, surprising, and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages, focusing on the development, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a legitimate medical device.

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Sex and the Vibrator Movie

re-posted from The Better Sex Blog, written by Bat Sheva Marcus

I admit it. I have been waiting all my life (okay, maybe just the last 10 years) for someone to make a quality film about the incredibly interesting history of vibrators. Really. I’m not kidding.

And finally, someone is doing it. (Well, I can’t actually vouch that it’s quality, but it is a real film). Maggie Gyllenhaal, the beautiful, feisty, funny and sexy chick from Secretary (another blog post on the feminist aspects of BDSM in the future, I promise) is going ahead and starring in a movie called Hysteria, about vibrators. Imagine a rom-com about the vibrator history. Someone order the popcorn! http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/w0005673.html Read more

TNM: The Women of AMP – Women Are Not Just a Pain in the Ass?

The New Man Podcast hosted by Tripp Lanier

Episode 009: The New Man Podcast sits down with the amazing women of the Authentic Man Program as they share a little bit about how women work.

We learn how women perceive men and how men can “show up” more fully to experience new depths in meeting, dating, and serious relationships with women.

The Authentic Man Program is a San Francisco-based workshop that helps men learn to look deep inside themselves and connect with their deepest truth. It also shows them how to take that awareness out into the world to meet and relate to other people—especially women.

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TNM: The Women of AMP – Women Are Not Just a Pain in the Ass?

The New Man Podcast hosted by Tripp Lanier

Episode 009: The New Man Podcast sits down with the amazing women of the Authentic Man Program as they share a little bit about how women work.

We learn how women perceive men and how men can “show up” more fully to experience new depths in meeting, dating, and serious relationships with women.

The Authentic Man Program is a San Francisco-based workshop that helps men learn to look deep inside themselves and connect with their deepest truth. It also shows them how to take that awareness out into the world to meet and relate to other people—especially women.

Game Changer: The Vibrator

Listen to the September 6, 2011 episode of CBC’s ‘The Current’

It was the third invention to ever receive a patent. An electrical device ostensibly designed for medical treatment for women in Victorian England. It became known as The Vibrator and revolutionized understanding of women’s sexual needs and sexuality.

Featuring segments:
The Vibrator – Tanya Wexler
The Vibrator – Rachel Maines
The Vibrator – Museum
Last Word – Anthropocene Promo

TNM Nicole Daedone – How to Give Her a 15 Minute Orgasm

The New Man Podcast hosted by Tripp Lanier

Episode 106 features Nicole Daedone, sought-after speaker, teacher, and author who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining orgasm from a woman’s point of view.

TEDxSF – Nicole Daedone

TEDxSF – Nicole Daedone – Orgasm: The Cure for Hunger in the Western Woman