There’s a video going around the web* of a woman having in orgasm. Specifically, it’s footage of Kayt Sukel‘s brain as she climaxes in the cramped confinces of an fMRI machine.
It’s interesting enough, judging by the stills, but it’s hailed as “the female orgasm,” when what we’re really seeing is Kayt Sukel’s orgasm. A particular one of Kayt Sukel’s orgasms, in fact. Orgasm is, as Sukel described it in New Scientist, “a near-universal phenomenon,” but perhaps each person’s—indeed, each orgasm—is unique. More likely, from a brain perspective, they’re all different and they’re all the same, like so much else humans do. Studies have shown actual differences between orgasms from masturbation and orgasms from partner stimulation; I suspect there’d be detectible differences from person to person and even incidence to incidence for the same person.
And so I’d like to see fMRI of a man’s orgasm. It would be an interesting look at what, if any, the differences are. It would be nice to know if (as I suspect) the differences between individuals drown out differences between male and female. It would (I also suspect) point up the arbitrariness or at least complexity of gender.
But I’ll have to keep suspecting, because even if Barry Komisaruk or other researchers have been scanning the brains of men coming, I’ll probably grow old wating for those to go viral. Because everyone knows wht male orgasms are. Men are such simple creatures, after all.
*Though I couldn’t find a link, for some reason, if anyone can I’d appreciate it