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Women’s Orgasms Evident from their Walk

New research from Belgium¹ has shown us something remarkable:  Trained observers can tell with remarkable accuracy whether or not a woman has had a vaginal orgasm — just from watching her walk.  The especially interesting part of this conclusion is that it was not a random finding from another study.  It was specifically predicted and confirmed using existing hypotheses about sexual function.

Here’s the bit that’s clear and uncontested.  Women who walk with “fluidity, energy, sensuality, freedom, and absence of both flaccid and locked muscles” are extremely likely to have experienced vaginal orgasm.  That is, they experience orgasms internally from nothing more than stimulation of the vagina.  Women who walk with stiffness, lack of energy and sensuality, restrictively, and with either flaccid or locked muscles are highly unlikely to have experienced vaginal orgasm.  There was no correlation between a woman’s walk and clitoral orgasm — or never having an orgasm.

Here’s where it gets a bit controversial.  There are a lot of things that are still unknown about the female orgasm.  Ironically, we don’t even know for sure if every woman has a G-spot, or if the G-spot is necessary for internal orgasms.  Bearing this (embarrassing and curiously sexist) fact in mind, one of the myriad hypotheses holds that internal orgasm is a function of mind more than body.  Women who are comfortable with their bodies, their sexuality, and their partners are able to experience sex more freely and enjoyably, and are thus more likely to experience internal orgasm.

The foundation of this hypothesis isn’t just guesswork.  Peer reviewed clinical research has determined the following facts with relative certainty:

  • There is a real physiological difference (detectable via fMRI) between orgasms induced by clitoral and cervical stimulation.  (It’s about whether or not the pudendal nerve or the vagus nerve is the main player.)
  • Vaginal orgasms are associated with greater prolactin release after orgasm, which in turn is associated with better sexual satisfaction and general mental health.

Psychologists have been using observations of physical traits and behaviors as diagnostic aids for years.  People’s bodies betray a wide array of psychological conditions, including depression, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Based on numerous established connections between mind and body, the researchers hypothesized a connection between orgasm and gait.

They found it.  Now the contentious issue is figuring out what it means.  The most obvious question is which is the chicken and which is the egg.  Some research suggests that vaginal anorgasmia (inability to have vaginal orgasms) is caused by psychological issues — guilt, shyness, body shame, etc.  Conflicting results indicate the opposite — physiological factors keep women from having vaginal orgasms, which in turn causes psychological dysfunctions.

Either answer is going to upset somebody, and unfortunately, it’s quite possible that it’s not as simple as one cause and one effect.  In any case, it’s been demonstrated that certain forms of physical therapy (coital alignment technique, e.g.) have been successful in treating both male and female sexual dysfunction.  (Premature ejaculation in men and anorgasmia in women.)

There’s an even bigger problem, though.  Since we don’t even know if all women can have vaginal orgasms, we don’t know for sure that this is something that could or should be regarded as a dysfunction.  Perhaps women are really divided into the cans and cannots, and each group walks differently because of physiological differences.  On the other hand, maybe most women can but don’t have vaginal orgasms.  If this is the case, then the walking differences may represent a profound and disturbing criticism of our culture.

In either case, this finding is a clear call for much more — and much more objective — scientific study of female sexuality.




¹Nicholas A, Brody S, de Sutter P, de Carufel F. A woman’s history of vaginal orgasm is discernible from her walk. Journal of Sexual Medicine [serial online]. September 2008;5(9):2119-2124.



18 thoughts on “Women’s Orgasms Evident from their Walk

  1. “better satisfaction and general mental health”. So, can we stop assuming that sex is bed because is premarital or without the consent of god and a priest? I mean, if, by having sex, you lead a healthier longer life that is more satiating than sitting in church frustrated which then leads to more violence and drug use and general bad things; shouldn’t it be ok to, putting it bluntly (pun intended), fuck?

    Posted by atruebeliever | June 1, 2011, 12:44 pm
  2. Um…. what?

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 1, 2011, 12:46 pm
  3. I think you’re saying sex is ok… If that’s what you’re getting at… then yes. Sex is ok. And it’s healthy. And women who have vaginal orgasms are generally happy with their sex. All of these are good things.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 1, 2011, 12:48 pm
  4. All the article seems another joke about female orgasm presented like a serious matter. Men know nothing about female sexuality but they keep trying presenting what they wish as it was reality.
    Now you pretend that you can know something like that by the way women walk!!!

    Posted by Adília | June 1, 2011, 12:54 pm
  5. Adilia, would you please quote the part of my article that seemed like a joke to you? I took great pains to not make any jokes. I just re-read it, and if anything, it seems awfully dry and clinical to me.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 1, 2011, 1:04 pm
  6. Adilia, iIt’s true that a man cannot know what a woman FEELS but human behavior is not gender biased. A woman can know about male sexual behavior as well.

    As for this post, I found no comical intent. Most of it just seemed like a semi-generic summery about the study.

    Posted by Brianna | June 1, 2011, 1:58 pm
  7. Thanks, Brianna. You bring up a very good point — one that I feel is often missed in discussions of human sexuality. Sometimes there is an over-emphasis on feelings. And while it’s true that feelings are unique (in a sense) to individuals, and to genders, and so forth, it’s also true that behaviors are quantifiable, and when we find commonality of behavior, it’s sometimes reasonable to infer commonality of feelings. Put another way, while feelings are unavoidably individual, they are not inscrutable.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 1, 2011, 3:03 pm
  8. I have some dificult writing in english but I will try; the joke I allude is pretending to know about female orgasm from the way women walk. Also You seem to ignore that very good people thinks the vaginal orgasm is a myth, and that all orgasm has his root in the clitoris and even G Point is probably conditioned by clitoris. So you must stop mistifing people without any serious scientific research, speaking how better is vaginal orgasm and so on.

    Posted by Adília | June 1, 2011, 5:35 pm
  9. Well, Adilia, all I can do is point out that I cited my reference, which is available for you to peruse at your leisure. If you are qualified to refute these findings, then I encourage you to do so.

    It’s peer-reviewed science. Your dislike of the finding doesn’t seem like good enough justification for ignoring the evidence.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 1, 2011, 5:41 pm
  10. Adilia, the connection seems silly to me as well, especially since I’m not sure a person’s gait is all that fixed. Other studies show that women tend to swing their hips more when they know they are being watched by men. So this study could be a fluke. But the claim that there is no such thing as a vaginal orgasm is complete BS. I’ve experienced both kinds and nobody can tell me they are one and the same.

    Posted by Diagoras | June 2, 2011, 12:19 am
  11. Well “Living life without a net” (I also live without a net since I was fourteen), the problem with your text is that I see much talk but no evidence at all. And I know very well that during times and times scientists presented lots of teories, specially regarding women, that now we find just amusing and without any scientific consistency.
    Diagoras, just in case you dont know Anne Koedt The Myth of Vaginal Orgasm, here is a small quote:
    “Because of the lack of knowledge of their own anatomy, some women accept the idea that an orgasm felt during “normal” intercourse was vaginally caused. This confusion is caused by a combination of two factors. One, failing to locate the center of the orgasm, and two, by a desire to fit her experience to the male-defined idea of sexual normalcy. Considering that women know little about their anatomy, it is easy to be confused.»
    Anne Koedt: The Myth of the vaginal orgasm
    I too have orgasm during intercourse but I need stimulation directly or indirectly of the clitoris, other way it is hopeless, and I read that this occur with the generality of women.

    Posted by Adília | June 2, 2011, 6:18 am
  12. Adilia, I cited my source. I don’t know what else to tell you. It’s not legal for me to reproduce the whole thing without permission. You’re free to read it. It should be available through any university library system.

    The research was conducted at a major university. It was conducted by scientists. It is peer reviewed. There’s nothing else I can tell you.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 2, 2011, 1:24 pm
  13. In a related study, Belgium psychologists have too much time on their hands.

    Posted by cptpineapple | June 2, 2011, 3:42 pm
  14. I know you don’t like the idea of sex research improving women’s sex lives, since it might lead to having more sex, which you consistently seem to disapprove of, but there are very profound implications from this research.

    It’s not necessarily that therapists guessing at women’s orgasm type from watching them walk is going to change the world. Probably not. But the knowledge that women’s orgasm type is related to their physiology IS an important finding, and has potentially far-reaching implications. Just as a start, if it turns out that physical therapy could turn many women from “cannots” to “cans,” well… that’s a big deal in itself, since vaginal orgasm is (as I mentioned) linked to greater prolactin release and better health and mental well-being.

    The point is not that men can ogle women from cafes and guess at their orgasms. It’s that differences in orgasm type have profound connections to physiology. That’s a very, very relevant finding.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 2, 2011, 5:03 pm
  15. This isn’t even blind research, much less double blind. None of the researchers are researching in their field. This “study’ is little more than, “girl walks sexy and I want her so she must be capable of the kinds of orgasm I want to feel powerful for giving her.” This is anti-feminist, barbaric male masturbation dressed up in a lab coat.

    Posted by Joy | June 3, 2011, 12:54 pm
  16. Thanks, Joy, but your comment proves to me that you did not actually read the study.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 3, 2011, 12:57 pm
  17. Think you are confused, Life without a net.

    “The female researcher met participants individually in a public place, and asked the participant to first walk 100 m (being filmed at a distance) while thinking pleasant thoughts of being on a vacation beach, then another 100 m while thinking of being in the same locale but in the company of a man for whom she had thoughts of love. Participants were blind to the experimental hypotheses.”

    The women knew they were being watched for their romantic fantasy. “Participants were blind to the experimental hypotheses” only means that the walkers didn’t know their level of romanticism was going to be judged in terms of potential for fantastical orgasm, but the had the necessary information to change their walk. That’s what “Blind” is supposed to overcome

    “And just so you aren’t lying to people, the “two appropriately trained (in Functional–Sexological therapy) professors of sexology (F. de C. and P. de S.) and two female research assistants” have no history of publishing as a first author in this area.

    Learn to read research. This is bunk research. I’m glad they got the publication, but its BS from the get go.

    Posted by Joy | June 3, 2011, 1:12 pm
  18. Hmm… I get your objection, but I don’t think it’s valid. And last I checked, research isn’t wrong because it’s a person’s first publication.

    So… I guess that’s where we’re left. It looks like a sufficient blind to me. The hypothesis is grounded on previous research into physiology. The outcome validated the prediction. It looks like reasonable research.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | June 3, 2011, 1:17 pm

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