The Orgasm Pill: A Problem or a Solution for Women?

Come Again?

However, university researchers have picked up where the drug companies have left off, studying the brain responses of women. Basically, they have taken voyeurism to a whole new level. Now the boys (and girls) back at the lab are watching women's brains as they have orgasms. (I don't mean to say that they'll be having their own orgasms while watching, as I'm fairly sure that would be some kind of violation of scientific protocol. I mean they'll be watching the brains of the women, who are having orgasms as they're being watched.)

All in all, it must make for a pretty strange work environment. I mean, one can only imagine what these people discuss around the water cooler on break.

Of course for the orgasming test women, the whole affair ends up being just as complicated and awkward a proposition as you'd imagine. If you've ever been treated to the sensual delights of having an MRI, you can understand that the claustrophobia, the onlooking technicians and the loud whirring and clicking of the machine itself is hardly the sort of environment that leads the average woman to be able to have an orgasm worth spying on. Even if the woman in question tries to pretend the MRI machine is just an enormous sex toy, it's going to be pretty tough going in there.

The Power of the Mind

That is why Ms. Whipple and her colleagues are now studying the brains of women who can, in her words, "self-stimulate purely through thought."

That's right, there are apparently (very talented!) women out there who can, of a moment, just have the kind of thoughts that would bring them to full orgasm.

Naturally, the researchers are very interested to find out how these women do it. And when they're done, I've got a few questions I'd like to ask myself.

Like, how do they hold jobs? Or conversations? Do I know these women? Are they the women who never seem to be bothered by anything? Is it possible that the very cheerful woman I stood behind in line at the DMV recently was one of these women? Can they do it while their boyfriends or husbands are talking about politics or flat screen TVs? Can they teach me how to do it? Are they free, like, tomorrow? Or maybe after lunch?

Frankly, I can't stop thinking about these women who can have orgasms just by thinking, and part of what I'm wondering is, maybe this is how they got started, just by being obsessive, because I'm very good at that.

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