“Ecosexuality: Orgasm as an Antidote to a Mean World”
Orgasms in the Womb?
Recent research has made it clear that at least some babies masturbate to the point of orgasm while they are still in the womb. An ultrasound image of a masturbating male fetus was popularized online by Mary Roach’s TED presentation, Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm. Lest we assume female fetuses conform to popular gender stereotypes, the evidence suggests otherwise. The following account calls upon us to transcend our assumptions pertaining to the very nature of sex:
“We recently observed a female fetus at 32 weeks’ gestation touching the vulva with fingers of [her] right hand. The caressing movement was centered primarily on the region of the clitoris. Movements stopped after 30 to 40 seconds, and started again after a few moments. Further, these light touches were repeated and were associated with short, rigid movements of the pelvis and legs. After another break, in addition to this behavior, the fetus contracted the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and the climax, clonicotonic movements [rapid muscle contractions] of the body, followed. Finally she relaxed and rested. We [several doctors and the mother] observed this behavior for about 20 minutes.” (p.139 The Clitoral Truth, Chalker)
It is a stunning observation which has received very little mainstream attention due in no small measure to the fact that it upends the core assumptions of our sex negative culture which seems to assume that sex is dirty and embarrassing. How can religion continue to condemn self-pleasuring if it occurs in the womb?
And further, what can a fetus be thinking about when it masturbates? To those who require a fantasy in order to achieve orgasm during masturbation, the question can be quite confounding. But it is not foreign at all for those who have knowledge of ancient Tantric techniques, which can produce orgasms that transcend our usual associations with sexual behavior. In fact, orgasms can be achieved without the aid of fantasy or genitals. And orgasms can occur apart from what we consider sex.