Or, since sex is the subject here, what about how our society’s scientific community has treated female dyspareunia — the severe physical pain some women experience during sex — vs. erectile dysfunction (which, while lamentable, is not painful)? PubMed has 393 clinical trials studying dyspareunia. Vaginismus? 10. Vulvodynia? 43.
Erectile dysfunction? 1,954.
That’s right: PubMed has almost five times as many clinical trials on male sexual pleasure as it has on female sexual pain. And why? Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.
Hmm. Dyspareunia is something estimated to affect 8 – 20% of women at some point in their lives. Drooping dicks 100% of men. And such droops, sometimes at least, thought to diminish female sexual pleasure.
It’s not entirely obvious that the research effort is out of proportion there now, is it?