The Functions of the Orgasms

 

The Functions of the OrgasmsThe Highway to Transcendence, London: Pinter & Martin, 2009.

The Functions of the Orgasms by Michel Odent is a cutting-edge study on the human pleasure function in its largest contextual framework, and with a special regard upon female sexuality and the biological function of birthing and breastfeeding.

Odent’s [book] is a stylish polemic that mixes endocrinology, comparative anthropology, philology, anecdotes from the author’s own medical practice.

—Steven Poole, The Guardian

‘Fetus ejection reflex’, ‘milk ejection reflex’, ‘sperm ejection reflex’, ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ . . . These are examples of terms used by Michel Odent in his study of the ecstatic/orgasmic states associated with different episodes of human sexual life. This book about male and female orgasms is an opportunity to convince anyone that humanity is at a turning point. Due to the improved technique of medically assisted conceptions and cesareans, the advances in anesthesiology and pharmacology, and the development of the food industry, women can now conceive a baby, give birth and feed their infant without relying on the release of ‘cocktails of love hormones’. Human intelligence and ingenuity have made love hormones redundant. Let us think long-term and let us raise questions in terms of civilization. The future of humanity is at stake.

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Sacred Pleasure

 

Sacred PleasureSex, Myth and the Politics of the Body, New Paths to Power and Love, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1996

Riane Eisler’s second book Sacred Pleasure is not less of a strike of genius than her first, The Chalice and the Blade. In fact, both books are complementary in a way, they should be edited as a two-volume reader, from a publisher’s point of view.

This book turns most of our opinions about sex upside down. I agree with the author when she says that most people are unaware of the fact that their sexuality represents a carefully conditioned habit:

In short, sex does not, as a once-popular song had it, ‘just come naturally.’ Rather, as illustrated by the jarring differences in the prehistoric and contemporary sexual symbols and images we have been comparing, sex is to a very large degree socially constructed./22

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