The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality

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The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality, by Alice Kahn Ladas, Beverly Whipple and John D. Perry is a controversial book that argued for the existence of the Gräfenberg Spot and popularized the term G-Spot.[1] It was published in 1982 and became an international bestseller, appearing on The New York Times bestseller list and was translated into 19 languages.[2] The book was published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston[3] and was, at the suggestion of Ladas, a popular account of three academic papers published by the authors the previous year.[4][5][6]

The book contained information on enhancement of sexual function including information on the prostate[7] It discussed female ejaculation and brought the issue back into discussions of women's sexuality both in the medical community and among the general public.[8][9][10] Ladas, Beverly Whipple, and John Perry argued that male and female sexuality were almost identical, and suggested that men, like women, can experience multiple orgasms. The book also advances the feminist theory: that because women's pleasure in their sexuality has been historically excluded, the pleasure of ejaculation has been either discounted or appropriated by health professionals as a physiological phenomenon.[11]

Author and sex educator Rebecca Chalker states that this book was largely met with scorn, skepticism and disbelief.[8] The chapter on 'Female Ejaculation' is largely based on anecdotal testimony, and illustrates another issue in the debate, the weight placed on anecdotes and small numbers of observations rather than biomedical investigation or clinical trials. Importantly, a number of the women stated that they had been diagnosed with urinary incontinence.

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  1. ^ "In Search of a Perfect G". TIME. 13 September 1982. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ Golingai, Philip (5 March 2006). "Pressure for Pleasure". Malaysian Star. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ Ladas, AK; Whipple, B; Perry, JD (1982). The G spot: And other discoveries about human sexuality. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 
  4. ^ Belzer, EG. (1981). "Orgasmic expulsions of women: a review and heuristic inquiry". Journal of Sex Research 17 (1): 1–13. doi:10.1080/00224498109551093. 
  5. ^ Addiego, F; Belzer, EG; Comolli, J; Moger, W; Perry, JD; Whipple, B. (1981). "Female ejaculation: a case study". Journal of Sex Research 17 (1): 13–21. doi:10.1080/00224498109551094. 
  6. ^ Perry, JD; Whipple, B. (1981). "Pelvic muscle strength of female ejaculators: evidence in support of a new theory of orgasm". Journal of Sex Research 17 (1): 22–39. doi:10.1080/00224498109551095. 
  7. ^ Alice Kahn Ladas, Beverly Whipple, John D. Perry (1982 (Digitized Oct 31, 2008)). The G spot and other recent discoveries about human sexuality. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. p. 236. ISBN 0-03-061831-2. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Chalker, Rebecca (2002). The Clitoral Truth: The secret world at your fingertips. New York: Seven Stories. ISBN 1-58322-473-4. 
  9. ^ Cabello Santamaria, F (1997). "Female ejaculation: Myths and reality". In J.J. Baras-Vass & M.Perez-Conchillo (Eds). Sexuality and Human Rights: Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of Sexology August 29. Valencia, Spain: Nau Libres E.C.V.S.A. pp. 325–33. 
  10. ^ Hines, T (August 2001). "The G-Spot: A modern gynecologic myth". Am J Obstet Gynecol 185 (2): 359–62. doi:10.1067/mob.2001.115995. PMID 11518892. 
  11. ^ Whipple B, Perry JD (August 2002). "The G-spot: a modern gynecologic myth". Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 187 (2): 519; author reply 520. doi:10.1067/mob.2002.125883. PMID 12193957. 

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