Hello and welcome to this month's CARNAL CARNIVAL! The carnival full of the things you are REALLY curious about. This month's topic? The ORGASM of course!
As you might imagine, orgasm has never been an unpopular subject. And as you'll see from the links below, it inspires people to some REALLY HYSTERICAL turns of phrase.
Are you ready? You know you wanna...
Something in the way she moves. FuturePundit tells us about the infamous study where scientists (presumably male) attempted to predict a woman's orgasmic abilities through her walk, and concluded "This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine," All about the energy flow, clearly.
Greg Laden has a post on whether emotional intelligence correlates with number of orgasms. Christie notes, however, that in this case, correlation does not equal causation.
Do you really want to SEE an orgasm? OF COURSE YOU DO! First there was a PET study, then there was an MRI study, and now, apparently there is an MRI VIDEO, newly presented at SfN. Sadly, I didn't see anyone BLOG the experience! Come on kids, throw Sci a bone! I wanna see some brainy fireworks!
(Not sexy. Not sexy at all...)
But what is orgasm about? Bora makes an argument for the importance of TIMING. And a little side note on some sexy dreams. "the Discussion starts with the lament that most of the scientific literature is concerned with 'why' we dream and not with 'what' we dream". Wanna know what people dream? And how they feel about it when they wake up? Other than, possibly, um...damp.
It seems that many (presumably male) scientists find woman a mystery. Particularly our orgasms. There are far more posts on the topic of female orgasm than there are on male (don't worry, it's not understudied, there are LOTS of articles out there). Bora has expounded at great depth on the subject of female orgasm, and Jeremy of Denim and Tweed asks the important question...what, exactly, is the point?
because when evolutionary biologists consider humans, their conclusions get personal.
Well, while the evolutionary "point" of (female) orgasm may be up in the air, it's nice to know that orgasms can do more than just propagate the species. They can even clear out your sinuses! Christie and I both had fun with this paper in the illustrious journal of "Medical Hypotheses". And I even took some later data...can masturbation help YOU with your sinus problems?
So I'm sure you've all been congested as some point. Usually we reach for the Sudafed (if we can get some, in the States it's like pulling teeth), or the Dayquil, or perhaps just put our heads over a cup of steaming tea. But how many of us think "man, if only I could get off right now..."
Though probably when you are really congested, getting off is not really something that's much on your mind. And if it is, my but you have a very odd fetish.
And Pal reports on the sexual satisfaction experienced in men with or without circumcision. They will paint ANYTHING on those ancient Egyptian tombs, I tell you.
From one end to the other..."For most people in the world, a really satisfactory bowel movement feels...good. The relief, the relaxation, we've all been there. But apparently, for the patient in this case study, defecation felt more than good, it felt GREAT.
But is it possible for a crap to feel TOO great?" Check out my post on a man who complained of his daily orgasms. Very tiring.
And of course, why limit it all to the HUMAN species?!?
Cause that's why Birds do it...
(Funny, the line about the 20cm penis isn't in there...)
And finally, least but DEFINITELY not least...you thought 20cm was bad. Hectocotyli asks us to LOOK AT THE SQUID. The squid that died...and left the world a little something before he went. "And, then, presumably, he died smiling."
And that's it for this month's Carnival Carnival!
Was it as good for you as it was for me?
Of course it was!!!
And don't forget to submit your posts for NEXT MONTH'S Carnal Carnival, where EcoPhysioMichelle will be taking us through the best...and bloodiest, that science has to offer. NEXT MONTH: BLOOD.