There was a frank and refreshing talk at Concordia University’s Conversation series between Jim Pfaus, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Concordia University, Montreal and Naomi Wolf, American author, journalist and social critic, about sexual desire.
A lot of interesting things were said but after thinking about guerilla gardening, I like that Wolf believes that “The sexual revolution hasn’t yet begun.” According to Wolf, were it to actually happen it would be quite revolutionary. When a woman has a powerful and pleasurable orgasm, the mix of dopamine, opiates and oxytocin creates a powerful state. It could make women find bliss at home rather than at the shopping mall, make women more courageous, make them feel a sense of meaning beyond a job title or a social role, and this would be a form of social awakening. Just like the sixties and the nineties but this time around the stimulant is an unrushed female activation and some cuddling. Why has the revolution stalled? There are many factors in modern life that blunt this powerful brain chemistry such as stress, financial stress, more stress, lack of sexual education, porn, unreasonable performance expectations and not taking the time to improve our sexual experiences. (00:30ish)
Naomi Wolf’s latest book, Vagina: A New Biography, uses research by Concordia psychology professor Jim Pfaus to tackle the complex subject of female sexuality. On February 7, 2013, Wolf and Pfaus shared their fascinating research relationship with a live audience at Concordia University. The event was part of the Concordia – Globe and Mail national conversation series on aging well.
On a side note related to this talk, I always suspected the cervix was an unexplored sexual zone …