The author pulls in our interest with this helpful generalization:
She goes on to introduce the science itself:During intercourse,
the female orgasmorgasm without any stimulation of specific genital areas can be elusive. What frustrated woman hasn't wondered: Am I simply, um, put together differently than other womenmen?
Kim Wallen, professor of psychology and behavioral neuroendocrinology at Emory University, is busy doing the math to find out. And, yes, he says, simple physiology may have a lot to do with
orgasm easewhether a particular sex act is likely to lead to orgasm — specifically, how far a woman's clitoris lies from her vaginawhether or not that sex act directly involves the right anatomical structures.
Some intriguing statistics are included:
Preliminary work has revealed that
only about 7%up to 7% of women always have orgasms with sex alone[*] can reliably have orgasms even from sex acts that are not particularly well suited for that goal, he says, while 27% say they never doonly have orgasms from the kind of sex acts that are well suited for it.
It should be mentioned that the interviewee does acknowledge the following:
“Personally, I don't think
the inability to experience no-hands, penis-only intercourse with orgasmthe need to pay attention to particular parts of the anatomy says anything about a happy sex life,” he sayshopefully would have said if he'd taken five seconds to think about it. “Maybe it could allow couplesthe hopefully very small number of men to whom this is still not obvious to be a bit more inventive in how they have sexto realize that manipulating specific body parts is an important element of sex for their partners too.”
[ * The article does not indicate how many of these 7% might have either (i) understood “sex” to include types of sex that lead to orgasm or (ii) interpreted “sex alone” to mean “having sex WHILE alone.” ]