Debate Over Existence of the G-Spot, Does It Matter?
When researchers at Kings College London recently released the results of a study in which they denounced the existence of the G-spot, there was an outcry of protest from many circles, including the French. It seems that the French believe the study conducted by the British scientists was flawed and that it shows disrespect for women.
Existence of the G-spot, a cluster of nerve endings in the vagina said to offer women high levels of sexual pleasure when touched, has been the topic of debate ever since it was first described by Ernst Grafenberg, a German gynecologist who hypothesized about its presence in a 1950 article in the International Journal of Sexology. Use of the term “G-spot” did not occur until it appeared in 1981 in a Journal of Sex Research article.
Despite decades of research on the G-spot, the debate about its existence continues. Perhaps the Kings College London researchers thought they had put the subject to bed with their recent study results. In their study, they questioned 1,804 female twins (both identical and non-identical) aged 22 to 83 about their sexuality and the presence or absence of a G-spot. More than half (56%) of the participants said they had a G-spot.
The authors noted, however, that identical twins were not more likely to have a G-spot than non-identical twins. If a G-spot did exist, both identical twins should have reported it, since they share the same genes, but the researchers did not find this to be true. Thus the scientists said their findings suggest that a woman’s experience of the G-spot is subjective and has no physical basis.
But at a meeting of gynecologists in Paris this week, the participants insisted the British study is flawed and that the authors do not respect women. Sylvain Mimoun, the organizer of the Paris conference, was quoted in the Mail Online as saying that a woman “in discovering the sensitive parts of her own body, this sensitive zone will become more and more functional.” He went on to note that the G-spot would not exist for women who have never touched it or had it touched because they had never had the experience.
Putting all the debate and questions aside, it may all come down to this: Will a woman’s (and a man’s) search for the G-spot simply frustrate them? Will women who can’t find their G-spot feel inadequate? Will men who can’t find their partner’s G-spot feel inept? Wouldn’t it be better if men and women just relaxed and went with the flow instead of worrying about finding a spot that may or may not exist? What’s next, a GPS to find the G-spot?
Grafenberg E. Intl J Sexology 1950; 3(3): 145-148
Kings College London, news release Jan. 14, 2010
Mail Online Jan. 29, 2010