Monday, April 26, 2010

Walk This Way

This is another one of those odd studies that I like to throw in just for a laugh. Granted, its peer-reviewed and published, but wow...just wow.

The objective of this study was to deterimine if people, that is "appropriately trained sexologists," could infer a woman's history of vaginal orgasm just by looking at the way she walks. The researchers had women with known histories of either vaginal orgasm or vaginal anorgasmia (note: not the same as clitoral orgasm) walk normally on a street, and they videotaped this walking for later playback. Then sexologists (ignorant of the women's histories) judged these women as to their orgasmal history.

These appropriately trained sexologists were able to infer orgasmal history simply by watching these women walk (81.25% correct, with 2 false positives). The walk was judged based on its fluid, sensual, energetic, and free movements (apparently qualitative measures). The false positives were thought to be from women who have the capacity for vaginal orgasm but have not yet had experience with them, or have not yet met a man with the knowledge and/or anatomical attributes sufficient to induce one. Additionally, and here's where we get to the quantitative factors (kinda), the sum of the stride length and vertebral rotation was found to correlate with vaginal orgasm history. The authors explain this correlation by saying it "could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine." Um, ok. The authors do point out that there is "a universe of possible unmeasured factors" that could play a role in these results including anatomical features that predispose a woman for vaginal orgasm, certain natural favorable or unfavorable pelvic movements, and confidence about sexual ability.

So, ladies, next time you walk down a street, add a little spring to your step or rotate your vertebra just so to let everyone know you have free, unblocked energetic flow through your pelvis.

Here's the article:
Aurelie Nicholas, Aurelie, Stuart Brody, Pascal de Sutter and Fran├žois de Carufel (2008) A Woman's History of Vaginal Orgasm is Discernible from Her Walk. J of Sexual Medicine: 5(9), 2119-2124. ((DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.00942.x)
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