Vapautuva nainen orgasmologian teatterissa

The Liberation of Woman in the Theatre of Orgasmology

The subject of the article is the ontology of sexual difference, as presented by William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Human Sexual Response (1966) and Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970). The conception of sexual difference articulated in these milestones of orgasmology has had a profound influence on various political and ethical projects of sexual liberation since the late 1960s. In orgasmology, sexual difference refers to gender identity, and, as such a figure of identity, 'woman' is brought into focus by Masters & Johnson. According to them, there are three elements in the gender identity of the orgasmic woman: her sexual response is clitoral, her sexual experience is complex, and her sexuality is repressed. For orgasmology, 'woman' thus figured is a manifestation and embodiment of the inhibition of natural sexual response, considered both as a 'scourge' of western culture and as a personal misfortune. Masters & Johnson represent woman as the model of human orgasmic nature and potentials, as the paradigm of sexual self-sufficiency. She is also, however, the embodiment of Lack: woman is the victim of sexual repression par excellence, the whole of her sexual identity and personality is involved in her 'orgasmic dysfunctions' and in the pursuit for her own pleasure. Both in terms of sexual politics and sex therapy, 'woman' is the subject proper of the sexual liberation, because she is the subject proper of 'human sexual inadequacy', i.e., of Lack.

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