The Experiment Podcast: How One Woman Unveiled Myths About the Female Orgasm

This episode was originally published on May 27, 2021.

Katharine Smyth is 39 years old and has never, to her knowledge, had an orgasm. This fact didn’t worry her very much until her 30s, when a divorce and a series of dates with frustrated men made her think she might never find love again. So she embarked on a quest—diving deep into an industry designed to solve her problem, searching for a feeling that’s been a fixation of science, pseudoscience, politics, and philosophy for centuries.

“The metaphor that came to me is that it’s kind of like a Rorschach test, where it’s this abstraction that all of these doctors and scientists are projecting their own worldview upon. And it’s almost always to the benefit of men.”

In this episode of The Experiment: A personal quest for sexual fulfillment reveals centuries of mythmaking about female pleasure.

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Further reading: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/04/weaponization-female-orgasm/618680/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_content=podcast

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