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Why I orgasmed in an MRI scanner
January 27th, 2012
07:10 AM ET

Why I orgasmed in an MRI scanner

Kayt Sukel is a passionate science writer and the author of "Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex and relationships" - an edgy, irreverent book that examines all the ways our neurons can wreak havoc with our hearts.

Let me just get this out of the way upfront: I had an orgasm in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.

That is, as background research for my book, "Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex and relationships," I participated in a study at Rutgers University where scientists measured the activity in my brain as I self-stimulated to an orgasm.

I wasn’t the first woman to participate in one of these studies - and I won’t be the last.

I know, it’s controversial and perhaps even a bit shocking. And, because of that, I expected readers and commenters to make a few jokes at my expense (and perhaps even question my character) when I wrote about the experience.

But what I didn’t expect was so much outrage about sex research in general.

Time and time again, regardless of the publication discussing my fMRI orgasm, commenters wrote things like, “If only researchers were as interested in finding a cure for cancer,” and “I can’t believe my tax dollars are going to pay for such useless research.”

How can the study of human sexuality be considered useless? This is something that is prevalent in each and every one of our lives. When we’re not having sex, we’re talking about it. When we’re not talking about it, we’re thinking about it. And when we’re not thinking about it, we worry that something is wrong with us.

Sex is a primary source of human motivation and can change the way we act and the way we feel in quite dramatic ways. And this isn’t something that occurs solely in the privacy of our bedrooms: You see sex at play in advertising and marketing, in problems in the work place, in self-esteem and identity, in pleasure and reward, and also in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Human sexuality has direct influence over so many aspects of day-to-day life. Understanding such a universal phenomenon is never useless. Yet, many want to discount its importance - and its study.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Alfred Kinsey, esteemed biologist and founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, pioneered the study of sexual behavior with the publication of the Kinsey Reports. That work was the first of its kind: a systematic, scientific approach to understanding variation in normal sexual behavior. And, thankfully, his work has inspired countless brave scientists in the decades since to buck the status quo and study human sexuality.

Yet, while we’ve come a long way in our understanding the biology of sex, there is still plenty left to discover. We now have a good deal of data on the mechanics of sexual behavior.

But as anyone who has ever been involved in a sexual relationship knows, there’s a lot more to sex than pure mechanics - a heck of a lot more. The blossoming field of neuroscience, including neuro-imaging studies like the orgasm one I participated in as well as cellular and molecular research, is now offering us a new window of understanding into age-old questions about sex and related behaviors by focusing on all the ways our brains influence our behaviors.

During the course of my research for "Dirty Minds," I asked neuroscientific researchers about the greatest challenges involved in studying human sexuality. I expected to hear concerns about finding study participants willing to be honest about their sex lives or if what was learned in the laboratory could really be applied to real-world behaviors.

But unanimously, the scientists I talked to said their greatest challenge was finding research grants and financial support for their work. Because so many of us are peevish about the study of sex, funding agencies can be, too. But none of us should be. Human sexuality is important - and its study is something we should all get behind. Because we can’t begin to have discussions about how to best deal with problems concerning sexual behavior, sexual function and sexual intimacy until we have a better handle on what’s normal.

Time and time again, I’m asked how I managed to have an orgasm in an fMRI scanner. But that’s not the right question. The important question is why I had an orgasm in an fMRI scanner. And that’s to help further our understanding of orgasm and human sexuality. When I say I came for the science - I mean it. And it’s my hope that more people will do the same in the future.

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  1. r

    what was found out from the mri?

    January 27, 2012 at 07:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • OpenMInd

      The research is to better understand how the brain can control a bodily function. Especially something like an orgasm, which seems like it would be solely a manual event.(using touch) It is an event controlled in part by our brains. An Mri would show which parts of the brain are "lit up" (function) during the event. This research will tell us a lot of information concerning how the brain functions. RELAX PEOPLE!

      January 27, 2012 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • tishavens

      A discussion of the study results so far, and Ms Sukel's experience in particular, have a full chapter in her book. "Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex and relationships," I just finished it myself - it's truly an interesting read.

      January 27, 2012 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
    • So bored that I read this article

      Personally, I think how was the right question.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
    • Facy

      I know right? I was skimming through all the defensive dialogue trying to find out when she was going to start discussing the scientific reasoning behind it (because I'm honestly interested). Guess we'll have to buy the book! (oh snaaaaaap)

      In related news, Mary Roach's book "Bonk" regarding a similar subject matter is hilarious and insightful. Just FYI.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:41 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually, all I want to know is: are there videos (with sound?)

      January 27, 2012 at 09:50 | Report abuse |
    • Lady Anne

      More power to her,,,, way to go! More women should be this bold and creative. Period.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:50 | Report abuse |
    • Good to go

      What a waste of Tax payer money!!!!!!! Studies like this makes me really angry !!!! She is is just trying to sell a book that is all BS any how.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
    • Willy

      I had to have an MRI scan after an injury. It was the most horrific hour of my life. I did not know I was claustrophobic until they stuck me in that metal coffin, the top section so close to my face I could have licked it. Then the jackhammer noises started. All the nurse could do was say "Find your happy place". I literally had to will myself to not be sick. It was awful. I cannot imagine trying to be turned on in one of those much less have an orgasm.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse |
    • GSK

      Hey OpenMind, you ought to change your screen name to OpenWallet!

      January 27, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse |
  2. Johnny

    I once had an MRI that lasted an hour and a half. It was an extremely unpleasant experience and I can't imagine anyone being able to self stimulate himself/herself in such a situation.

    January 27, 2012 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sildenafil

      If you have an fMRI lasting more than 4 hours, contact your doctor immediately and stop taking...

      January 27, 2012 at 07:43 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Vibrating earplugs?

      January 27, 2012 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      I've had 3 MRIs, and I've always been lulled to sleep by them.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:47 | Report abuse |
    • Ben Hutchins

      Remaining very still must be less of a priority in an fMRI scenario than in a regular MRI diagnostic scan, that's all I can say. I've had a number of brain MRIs, and in every case was repeatedly badgered by the attendant not to move AT ALL, which would seem to me somewhat incompatible with self-stimulation in the first place. I realize the ladies are generally a little subtler about it, but still...

      January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Ben was mentioning about remaining still. I read this article elsewhere and she mentioned that she taped a bell to her head at home and "practiced" until she could do it without the bell making a sound.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:09 | Report abuse |
  3. BR Pugnacious

    I would hope nobody would be so ignorant as to think this study would impede any research for cancer. I would also like to think people aren't stupid enough to think this is anything but an attempt to sell a book. Here I am thinking I might learn something interesting from CNN.

    January 27, 2012 at 07:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Facy

      Yeah. No one likes a "made you look!" but I have to be honest, I'm glad I came across this article. (Ugh, no pun intended)

      January 27, 2012 at 09:43 | Report abuse |
  4. Frankenstein

    How much money has been generated by sales of Viagra©? How many jobs created, or given? This woman is potentially a job creator and should be given an immediate tax break, and a cigarette.

    January 27, 2012 at 08:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill Clinton

      I'm not sure about a cigarette, but I have a cigar for her

      January 27, 2012 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
    • H

      hahahahaha

      January 27, 2012 at 10:23 | Report abuse |
  5. Quotidian Daily

    Carnegie Mellon University should be ashamed to have her as an alumna; her writing is abysmal.

    January 27, 2012 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nicole

      Congrats! You have mastered the art of ad hominem attacks! You now have passed the chapter 3 test for Developing Fallacious Arguments 101. Chapter 4 will focus on Non Sequitur Arguments: nonsense, or genius?

      January 27, 2012 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
    • someoneelse

      Nicole, you dolt, an adhominem attack is an attack on the person themselves, not their work. The poster above was commenting solely on their writing, which is an aspect of their academic work. Dumbo.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:25 | Report abuse |
  6. Stardust

    What next...a book on more odd and unusual places to self stimulate to an audience in the name of research? our morals are not in decline...they're falling off a cliff and taking us with them. (unless there really is no such thing, but even small children don't believe that.)

    January 27, 2012 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frankenstein

      Data is data, and anything we learn about the brain is useful. If all you got from this article was that she was showing off in front of an audience, you have a freakishly dirty mind. This could lead to a cure for kardashian fever!

      January 27, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      You seem a bit uptight about this topic. I suspect you are in the target audience for beneficiaries of the research.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
    • TRH

      Morals on the decline? What does morality have to do with a scientific study of a bodily function?

      We live in a world full of very complex and intense ethical decisons; war, executions, torture, violence on an epic scale (ever watch the local evening news) and yet somehow an orgasm is immoral?

      Get your head out of the dark ages and maybe people would be more receptive to your position. If there's one thing our culture needs to get over it's this taboo stigma around sex.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:50 | Report abuse |
    • JusDav

      nono place in the article does it state or even hint that she "self-stimulated".
      From the article, I understood that the MRI stimulated her MIND into inducing the orgasm. So... read, comprehend, and then submit a valid or poignant argument / comment.
      Cheers
      JusDav

      January 27, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
    • Ben Hutchins

      ... well, nowhere except the place where it DOES say that.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • Saluki17

      JusDav: I assume you are being sarcastic? Because she states that she self-stimulated herself in the second paragraph!

      January 27, 2012 at 10:03 | Report abuse |
    • no

      Stardust and JusDav – Are you two really that stupid? Wow.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "So... read, comprehend, and then submit a valid or poignant argument / comment."

      Yeah...might want to take a bit of your own advice there buddy.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:16 | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Matthew 7:5

      You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:24 | Report abuse |
  7. Tantra

    I am glad they are doing this, for those people out there like my self that have major sexual dysfunctions, we think it is very important. So may studies are worried about male sexual problems but seem to ignore the much larger problems women have. I hope in doing such things it may help aid people who are bothered constantly by the sexual problems they have. So let me say outright, thank you for your "hard work". 🙂

    January 27, 2012 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mike

    No pressure on her next boyfriend.
    She can self-stimulate to orgasm while inside a crash-banging MRI machine and monitored by a scientific audience.
    So he better not have any problems giving her one.

    January 27, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JMO

    So how does it feel to have an orgasm in a fMRI scanner, anyhow?

    January 27, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Paulo

    If an MRI is good for this, imagine what she could do in an electric chair!

    January 27, 2012 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rbnlegend101

      She didn't say it was a good place to do that, she said she did it as part of a research effort. You are so eager to read what you want to read, without paying any attention to the actual words written, that you totally miss the point. Your approach is better though, nothing to get in the way of your contempt. I hope your life is not burdened with a woman who wants to understand her s3xuality, or have 0rgasms.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:47 | Report abuse |
    • PMS much?

      Holy smokes legend, calm down there. It's a joke... Somebody hit their period hard...

      January 27, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Jo

    I once had an MRI in Nantucket...

    January 27, 2012 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Man From Nantucket

      🙂
      That's what I tell all the ladies that they are getting...

      January 27, 2012 at 09:43 | Report abuse |
    • Tr1Xen

      @The Man From Nantucket
      LMMFAO!!!!!!!!!!! ><

      January 27, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      There was a CAT scan from Nantucket
      Whose cord was too short to unplug it
      But Kayt was persistent
      And came in an instant
      But moaned "Was my head in a bucket?"

      January 27, 2012 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  12. Nancy

    I understand and agree that this is indeed the role which sex holds in today's society, but I disagree that the important question is what the author here alleges it to be. The question which ought to be asked is *why* sex holds such a prominent role in modern society–in this case, a society in which sex (as a physical act between individuals) is becoming less and less necessary (and increasingly less desired by teens) given a lack of advancement in disease control and enormous advances in sex-related technology. In other words, while it makes perfect sense for sex to maintain a certain level of societal prevalence, it makes far less sense for it to have reached the level it has in today's modern society, ultimately raising the wuestion "Are we in a sex bubble that is about to burst?"

    January 27, 2012 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boris

      Yes, it usually bursts when people turn sixty or so. Always the same story.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
    • what

      1. People don't have sex out of 'necessity', they have sex primarily for pleasure.

      2. Under what research do you claim teens are finding sex less desirable?

      Finally, sex has been the only constant throughout history. People are not going to desire less sex in the future, it will most likely become more casual and have less of the stigma attached to it today (we already see this trend).

      January 27, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      "Are we in a sex bubble that is about to burst?" That's what SHE said, and I just said "Hang on tight, baby!"

      January 27, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
  13. Dooo-Beee-Do-Be-Dooooo

    Can I watch next time?

    January 27, 2012 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. gma0161

    First of All Kinsey was not an esteemed researcher. He used pedophiles in his research to show how children were affected by sex. You need to watch these videos http://youtu.be/9_x9fhfBj6Y and http://youtu.be/z1B_fnjNtj0. They tell the real truth of Kinsey. While sexual research is important pedophiles should have never been allowed to do research.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lindalou

    When people lose the ability to have an orgasm an important part of their life is missing. If this research can give relief to people from a scientific approach all the better. Not all of us can turn it on and off without help. Why is this any less important than figuring out why people have other behavioral problems. Solving one problem could lead to understanding many more.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. OhSnap

    I un-orgasmed when I saw a picture of the author. She's busted.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frankenstein

      I just did a google image search on Oh Snap. My eyes! My eyes! You are no Adonis yourself.

      January 27, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
  17. Karl

    Thank God that CNN is reporting on something so important. I noticed that nothing was stated about rubbing against an operating washing machine. A washer is much cheaper than a MRI machine or exam.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff S

      I know, right Karl? CNN should only report on terrorists and financial collapse so people like you can fulfill your deep need for fear and loathing!

      January 27, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      You just skipped to the comments, didn't you? The MRI was to record her brain patterns, not to get her off. They are searching for a cure for Kardashian.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
  18. Jeff S

    Kudos for the research – unfortunately, most of our population has been conditioned to be primarily focused on their fears and their ills – anything pleasurable or positive is considered a waste of time to the majority of the Great Brainwashed.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Just Sayin'...

      I learned how to do a headstand today....now that's positive!

      January 27, 2012 at 09:51 | Report abuse |
  19. Mark

    I actually saw the whole event on a program on the Science Channel or NatGEO (don't remember which) about the female orgasm. The show was very interesting and well worth watching if you can find it on line or if it's repeated on TV. Ms Sukel was actually able to orgasm twice, once by stimulating herself and once by just thinking about it. The second wasn't fake because the MRI data was the same in second instance as the first. Pretty amazing.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Bryan

    Getting paid for jammin on the 1, sounds like a good deal to me!

    January 27, 2012 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Just Sayin'...

      As long as she cleaned up!

      January 27, 2012 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
  21. MdrnPlgrm

    As an evangelical, I have no problem with the conduct of such research. Alfred Kinsey, however, was bias and lacked good methodology. Such research should not be tied to an agenda. I'm not sure what the agenda is here, but I think it is fair to say that sex consumes too much of our public discourse and entertainment. Good sex, for most, is a function of exercise, diet, stress management, and healthy relationships. If we feel the need to talk about sex so much, let's look more at these underlying variables.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. john

    Women don't like sex. They cant have orgasms. Those things are only for men, sorry.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lindalou

      Maybe that's only when they're with you.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • john

      You're taking it personally (ad hominem). From an evolutionary point of view, a woman's orgasm is not a requirement for conception. That's why only 25% of women can have an orgasm during intercourse and for the same, men have NO problem at all. Infact they have a problem of enjoying it TOO much (prem ejac). So, in **general**, perhaps women only enjoy sex 15% of the amount that men enjoy it. Its all supported by SCIENCE and statistics, and what we see all around.

      January 27, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
    • John's Wife

      Dear John,
      I'm leaving you for the guys on this forum, who know how to treat a girl right.
      Send my stuff to my mom's house.

      January 27, 2012 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
  23. Pika

    Quite sad and pathetic how many americans are afraid of s-3-x. We are such prudes compared to the rest of the world, just look at some of these comments. What's wrong with stimulating yourself for research? People have been getting themselves off for 1000s of years, but we should act like it doesn't happen?

    January 27, 2012 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Just Sayin'...

      You're afraid to type "sex" in the comments? Really?

      January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • john

      Don't worry, the 3rd world is even MORE afraid of sex, so Americans are better in that area but still not perfect. Its just culture, nothing can be done about it. Only time and intelligence can fix things like that. Intelligence is rare.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:58 | Report abuse |
    • Pika

      Usually doesn't let you type sex. Really, go f yourself. Sex, sex, sex,.....I wouldn't be afraid to blow a load all over your face either.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:58 | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      You can't even spell it out, sounds to me you are one of the people you are lamenting about.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
    • john

      lol, no, he/she did that because the comment system sometimes censors stuff. Ooooooo caexks.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
  24. jim

    I have a little trouble when doing it and loud noises are going on. Could you please contact me and help me with that, you seamen to have it/and i will go down .

    January 27, 2012 at 09:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Solomon

    It's sad when the comments are more insightful than the article itself. She signed up for the study to give herself a reason to play with herself. She is no scientist people, that's why she doesn't want you to ask her how, why and what were the results. She's a science WRITER. Self promotion articles FTL!

    January 27, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pika

      Since when do you need a reason to play with yourself? It's just what people do.

      January 27, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
  26. Tony

    Once we fully understand the orgasm, the military and police can use it as a non-lethal weapon to disable and subdue! See there is some use for this research! lol

    January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. smokeeeeey

    I just CAME to see the comments 🙂

    January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Reefer

    I never think about sex, its such a low level stimulation. Then again Im better and smarter then most.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Tumek

    If you saw a photo of Ms Sukel, this article would cease to be interesting.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reefer

      Not true, she is nothing special, but not all that bad to use for disposal of excess sperm.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Incorrect.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
  30. TampaMel

    Let me ge this straight. They were researching what gets you off? Is this only for women or can men participate? In fact if you place me in a room with a woman I probably can get off with out the use of electricity. I am always looking out for ways to fix the environment.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frankenstein

      No, they were recording her brainwaves. Not really all that exciting.

      January 27, 2012 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
  31. Chris R.

    Thank you for your article. Any type of research or study is important in some way or another. Those who criticize that research are themselves small people who can not think out side of the box. Research on sexual behaviors and sex in general has brought about many widely used products or techniques. From Viagra to artificial insemination. Weather those people want to admit it or not, sex IS a driving factor of our life. Figuring things our is our nature, regardless of what the things are. By the way, there have been significant achievements on curing cancer (or certain types of it). Nano tubes inserted into citric acid that cancer absorbs then use infra-red light which caused the nano tube to explode killing the cancer cell, is just one of the neat things being tried. It took someone with creativity to come up with that. Or taking a t-cell? of someone who has aids (see your body can make anti-bodies to kill the aids virus but the virus attacks the immune system and your body can not make enough for it to work), they then take stem cells from the fat in your body and reproduces a vast amount of the anti-bodies then eject it back into the individual. You know have the means to fight the aids virus. Takes a creative individual to figure stuff out like that not someone who criticizes and can't see the bigger picture or how YOUR research may help another figure something else out.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. PersonalMRI

    Wow! Now women will go there.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Mike

    Well sex might be that important in her life she overestimates its importance in the lives of others. I have way too many things to worry about right now than to have sex even enter the equation.
    When all other things in my life are in harmony maybe that is something I can put more focus on. Until then I'll worry about keeping my job, paying my bills, raising my child, caring for my family, trying to eat a healthy diet, trying not to let the tens of thousands of dollars I've lost in my home's value worry me, and simply trying to get through each day in this tough economy.
    I guess this woman clearly has nothing else going on that she has time to play with herself while having her brain examined.
    If I only had that much free time on my hands.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Relax

      You would be surprised how much having some sex would help you deal with many of the things you mention!

      January 27, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
  34. PeteG4

    Some folks would be too claustrophobic to ever be relaxed enough to do what you did. There's a great list of ways to get rid of MRI claustrophobia at two-views.com/MRI/claustrophobia.html

    January 27, 2012 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Doc

    Gee, khula and cream or rum and coke work for my wife, easier access than a MRI machine. Seriously, anything that can be done to make females think about sex, more importantly want sex as much as the average guy would be a blessing to humanity ( as well as a gold mind for whomever)

    January 27, 2012 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. PumpNDump

    Fat women usually do, since this is their only option.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. PumpNDump

    PS: Kinsey was debunked as a total fraud, or didn't you get the memo?

    January 27, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas

      False

      January 27, 2012 at 10:19 | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Read Kinsey's research, not the batcrap-crazy indictment created by a prejudiced and bigoted evangelical online.

      In other words, you're wrong.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:06 | Report abuse |
  38. Sunnysout

    I've had one MRI in my life and all throughout was told to keep completely still, don't move only to breathe. As I read this I wondered how valid or accurate the scan results could possibly be given she was 'self stimulating', there by not keeping completely still. I have no problem with sexual research, but I have to agree, if Federal grant money is being used for this sort of research, I would much rather see those dollars go towards research for cancer. People are dying miserable deaths and undergoing horrific treatments in order to survive that disease. Last I knew, no one is dying from not having sex or from too much sex. What a frivolous bit of research.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Badly-Bent

    Probably would have gotten more information by analyzing the endocrine system before, during and after.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Been there, done that.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:02 | Report abuse |
  40. Glades2

    What is the point of this article? Did he have a reaction to the MRI, or is it that he has, to borrow his loose term, a "dirty" mind? Why was he having an MRI in the first place – was it to rule out a disease or tumor or some other type of problem, and if so, perhaps he should have been praying to God for a good outcome to the scan, instead of being, pardon the expression, stupid. Someone I know might need a closed MRI to rule out Multiple Sclerosis, but he's claustraphobic, and this presents a serious challenge to him – I'm sure he won't be thinking "dirty thoughts" during his scan, but instead as a Christian he'll likely be praying for strength to endure the closed MRI, and that by God's Will the test will find, one way or another, what they need to know...

    January 27, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Can you read? All your questions were addressed in the article, including the fact the writer is female.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      They were trying to see what went on in her brain during orgasm, not give her a new thrill.

      January 27, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
  41. Nathan

    My doctor had to catch my ejaculate because I came (quite violently too) when she was massaging my prostrate. Now that's embarassing.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      It's a normal male human response to direct prostate stimulation. There's no cause for embarrassment.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:09 | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Chartreuxe, that is actually what she said before she started the examination. That is why she was ready to catch my semen with her hand, I guess it happens all the time. It was just a little awkard feeling having her hand on my penis as I was ejaculating all the while she was massaging my prostrate. She didn't act wierd about it so that helped.

      January 27, 2012 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      did you give her a 20 afterward? Sorry but that sounds like she performed a se x act on you, rather than a prostate exam....

      January 27, 2012 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      sockpuppet, she told me prior that I may have a discharge of semen and that she will try to minimize the "mess" for sanitation purposes. I've asked around, and others' have had the same experience. Why would it be a sexual act?

      January 27, 2012 at 12:51 | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Do not let Rick Santorum hear about this.

      January 27, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      What does Rick Santorum have to do with my embarassing moment in the doctors office?

      January 27, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
  42. dave

    The next step to see if there are changes in brain activity during orgasms from other stimulations. I'll be glad to offer my oral services to her for this next step.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Ron from IL

    I don't see anything wrong with tax dollars going towards this.....the understanding could help a lot of things related to the brain. Mapping and understanding the function is pretty huge... and sexual stuff is about as complex as it gets.

    *shrug* so the girl had to orgasm in an MRI machine... probably worse ways of finding this stuff out.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Jon R

    Please don't bring up Kinsey as being a great scientist and researcher. If you ever study this guy, he used grown men, some of them pknown pedophiles to basically sexually assault infants and toddlers. Then he stated, that because the infants were crying and wiggling, then they must be having orgasms. Kinsey was a pedophile nut who should have been jailed for crimes against children. The left tends to throw out Kinsey as the leader of the sexual revolution. He did horrible damage to hundreds of poor children and his theories were based on child molestation.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      From your post, everything you know about Kinsey came from a single online website created by a far right evangelical who has no understanding of scientific methodology.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      really? My understanding is that scientific methodology wouldn't include using yourself or your staff members as test subjects, or coerce them into participating in these "studies", or film them while they do it... the guy has issues. And I also don't think scientific methodology includes using ONE test subject as basis for a study on pedophile and claiming to use 9

      January 27, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
  45. Boris

    Personally, I'd like to see more research on the topic of female orgasm in open space and on the Moon.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Mary Jane

    Women will always try to prove they don't need a man.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. fretlessbass

    Sex is about letting go. I just kind of feel that's what the author of this article needs to do herself.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frankenstein

      Sounds as if she let go all over the MRI table, my friend. Stop fretting about it.

      January 27, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
  48. stephen douglas

    Complete waste of money. We have rampant foreclosures, out of control spending, two wars still going on, sky high taxes, and studies or experiments like this do nothing important enough to justify the expense.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Spoken by someone who has no problem with sexual dysfunction. If you did, one would be dead certain you'd be screaming loudest that not enough research dollars are spent on this problem each and every year.

      January 27, 2012 at 10:58 | Report abuse |
  49. Fritfrat

    I had an orgasm reading this article.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Bill Gates

    I'll donate to this cause!

    January 27, 2012 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
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