When Safety & Relaxation are Present, Sexual Arousal has a Greater Chance of Taking Hold

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:42
Submitted by Lawrence Lanoff

A new study conducted on heterosexual females shows that watching explicit porn awakens a different part of the brain other than the visual processor.

This is unusual because, under normal circumstances, when watching a regular movie for example, regions of the brain associated with visual stimulai are active. The brain flows blood where it's needed, based on the task at hand. Watch a movie, get some blood to the visual cortex.

However, with explicit porn, the brain only needs to get to gist of what's happening visually. The brain then shifts blood flow to the areas responsible for sexual arousal. As far as watching sex goes, apparently we don't need specific details, just the generalities to explicit sex to activate arousal.

The study also finds a correlation between anxiety and lack of arousal. When we are anxious, and concerned about our well being, sexual arousal is quiet. Anxiety turns libido off. The interesting idea here is that from the brain's perspective, individual survival is primary, and sexual survival secondary.

This is yet another reason why safer sex discussions, general communication skills, and the ability to ask for what we want are sexy. If we feel anxiety before or during sex, it makes arousal (and orgasm) much more difficult.

The bottom line: When safety and relaxation are present, sexual arousal has a greater chance of taking hold.

President of Pleasure. Buster of shame and myths.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Here's what I've discovered

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 16:23
lsjb (not verified)

Here's what I've discovered about myself and how I've 'proven" it by asking other women. Many women have so many defenses about their sexuality, as we know, about their bodies, their embarrassment, their shame, etc.  Women watching porn have been tested for skin temperature, pulse rates, retina change, lubrication, etc by researchers looking to understand our sexuality and by pharma looking to manufacture a female "viagra."
What they found is that the measures all were raised suggesting that the women were aroused but when asked, the women said they were not.  By the way the porn was "women friendly," produced and written by women for women.
Here's what I think happens. I think the arousal because of the factors i mention earlier happens unconsciously.  We may not allow ourselves to admit to the hotness of the images but when you ask if the woman had sex in the few days following viewing they typically say, "um, yes." Additionally, they claim the sex was extra satisfying and their orgasms were freer and more powerful.
So I think, and I am the same way, that there is more to this puzzle than  people think.
Another point, as an aside, was share by a very fabulous woman friend who said to me years ago, "Turn off the volume, and only watch a few minutes.'


Lawrence Lanoff's picture
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 09:18
Lawrence Lanoff

I really appreciate your comments. I totally agree there is a lot more going on here that needs to be explored. For one thing, I suspect that the study is working through standard, pre-existing biases of female sexuality. 
It's a very exciting field of research... and I look forward to discovering more about how the brain ACTUALLY works, beyond our myths...