The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World at Your Fingertips by Rebecca Chalker

The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World at Your Fingertips by Rebecca Chalker

Author:Rebecca Chalker [Chalker, Rebecca]
Language: eng
Format: epub, pdf
ISBN: 9781583224731
Amazon: 1583224734
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Published: 2002-03-04T16:00:00+00:00


In the mid-1970s, Josephine Lowndes Sevely, a Harvard graduate student in psychology, undertook a study of female ejaculation. In the introduction to her book Eve’s Secrets: A New Theory of Female Sexuality, Sevely says that she had come across numerous references to “female fluids” and was aware of “the open acceptance of the phenomenon in other cultures in earlier times when awareness of ‘female semen; ...was a part of scientific and popular belief.”70 Sevely conducted an intensive search of historical, medical, and anthropological literature and found a wealth of references. Eve’s Secrets documents the widespread acceptance of the phenomenon through the ages and includes a revealing survey of non-Western cultures as well, ranging from ancient Greek and Judaic texts to modern anthropological accounts of Native American and Pacific Islands cultures.

Whipple became interested in female ejaculation in the late 1970s when she was treating women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). One of her clients with very strong pelvic floor muscles complained that she typically lost urine only during sex. “This just didn’t make any sense to me,” Whipple says. “Women with strong pelvic floor muscles aren’t likely to suffer from incontinence.”71

Whipple teamed up with John Perry and opened up the subject of female ejaculation to public scrutiny and discussion. A chapter on the subject was included in The G Spot and Other Recent

Discoveries about Human Sexuality, co written with Alice Kahn Ladas, a well-known bioenergetic analyst and sex therapist.72 “I thought it extremely important to validate the sexual experiences that may vary from accepted norms,” explains Whipple. “I also wanted to help women avoid surgery for SUI when they really didn’t have it.”73

In addition to including a chapter on female ejaculation in The G Spot, Whipple published articles and lectured at conferences on the subject, and even made a film showing women ejaculating in a clinical setting, but many sexologists remain unconvinced. In that vacuum, feminists interested in sexuality began to share their own experiences, and several made videos.

After a flurry of interest from a handful of researchers in the 1980s, few medical studies have looked at urethral anatomy or female ejaculation. A 1998 Australian study published in the prestigious Journal of Urology conducted careful dissections of female cadavers and found that “current anatomical descriptions of female human urethral and genital anatomy are inaccurate” and that “end organ erectile tissue was surprisingly different from the descriptions of it in anatomy publications.” The authors discovered that the urethra is attached to the vaginal wall, but “in all other directions it is surrounded by erectile tissue.” Although these researchers did not look for prostate glands, they concluded that the


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