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How we know that the vagina is not a sex organ

If women had orgasms from inserting objects (such as an erect penis) into the vagina they would seek this kind of stimulation themselves. Research clearly identified the clitoris as the focus for female masturbation.

The hymen is a small flap of skin that covers the entrance to the vagina (in most women). When the hymen is broken there may be a little blood and some discomfort. Before the days of tampons, women’s hymens were broken the first time they engaged in intercourse. This is clear evidence that women did not masturbate by inserting objects into the vagina. Even today when women use tampons to absorb their menstrual blood, they do not obtain sexual pleasure from inserting tampons into their vaginas.

Most people could probably accept that a man (or woman) who is a receiver in oral or anal sex is not ‘sexually driven’ to engage in the activity. Only the outermost portion (entrance) of the vagina and rectum has any sensitivity. The mouth is the most sensitive body orifice but men know that giving oral sex does not cause orgasm. It is only female anatomy (such as the breasts and vagina) that are
ascribed an imaginary arousal. The fact that women never contest these myths indicates the rarity of female orgasm.

A cavity is made to hold something. In the case of the rectum, it is faeces. In the case of the vagina, it’s semen. Neither of these organs is erectile. It is the flow of blood into the penis that causes male arousal. Similarly it is the flow of blood into the clitoral organ that causes female arousal.

Anatomy such as the vagina, which is essentially a cavity, could never be a sex organ. The vagina has evolved from primitive egg ducts. Vagina is part of the birth canal and (like all internal organs) has little sensitivity. We only have sensitivity in our anatomy to protect our bodies from external injury. The pleasurable sensations women report during childbirth come from the baby’s head breaching the vaginal entrance. This sensation can be replicated by the hand (vaginal fisting) not the penis (regardless of size).

A cavity can always be penetrated. No body orifice (including the mouth, anus and vagina) can be a sex organ. There is no point at which further stimulation becomes undesirable as well as pointless. This is the clearest anatomical evidence that the vagina could never be a sex organ.

Intercourse involves the penis (a phallus) entering the vagina (a cavity). There is limited opportunity for the penis to stimulate the vagina in any way because it is relatively long and thin while the vagina is like the inside of a balloon. The only possibility is that the penis jabs or pokes at the walls of the vagina. This is not the correct kind of stimulation to cause orgasm. Stimulation needs to massage the blood-flow within the erectile organ.

Orgasm is a basic response of the human body. So female orgasm must have evolved via the same route as the male response. The ducts that form the vagina waste away in a male foetus. So for the vagina to be a sex organ, women would have to have evolved a responsiveness independently of the male. Such a response would have evolved even though it has nothing to do with reproduction. This does not happen.
We only evolve life-critical functions. Women are only capable of orgasm because they have a phallus.

The determination to believe that the vagina should have a role in female orgasm, means that even today people assume that women have more than one sex organ. The evidence for the clitoris is indisputable so although men clearly have only one sex organ, it is assumed that women have two.

When asked about the anatomy involved in female orgasm, women will often imply that it is a specialist topic that only sexologists can comment on. This is because the sensations of intercourse are vague and diffuse. So the anatomy involved in the orgasms women think they have can be attributed to anatomy anywhere within the pelvis. More informed women simply choose either the vagina or the clitoris as the source of the orgasms they think they are having. Women don’t appreciate that orgasm is achieved by stimulating specific anatomy. To a responsive woman, it is just as obvious that the clitoris is the source of her orgasm as it is to a man that the penis is the source of his. Mental arousal that arises from focusing on specific erotic concepts, indicates to us the anatomy that needs to be stimulated. Anyone who has ever been aroused can identify their sex organ.

There is, however, no evidence that the vagina is ever the sole source of arousal, or even the primary source of erotic arousal in any female. (Alfred Kinsey 1953)

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