Reports of the G-spot's nonexistence are vastly exaggerated…

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If you believe the screaming headlines this week, it turns out that after all these years — drumroll please — the G-spot does not exist! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the hunt is off! According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph, “Researchers at King’s College London claim there is no evidence for the existence of the G-spot – supposedly a cluster of internal nerve endings – beyond a woman’s imagination.” In other words, please put down your G-spotters and go home.

Except. Except. Except. Where to start? The headlines make it sound like these researchers went on a hunt for the G-spot and found it missing. But in actual fact they merely asked a bunch of women whether or not they believed they had a G-spot. Which is an entirely different issue.

The so-called proof in this study is that they asked 1,800 women, all pairs of identical or non-identical twins, if they had a G-spot. Because identical twins share all their genes (while non-identical share only 50%), they figured that if one identical twin reported having a G-spot, then her sister was more likely to report having one two. But, um, what if one twin had a better G-spotting toy than the other? What if one twin had never tried out intercourse positions that stimulated the G-spot? What if one twin had more experience with manual sex, which is much more likely to stimulate the G-spot? What if one twin read an article about the G-spot and the other didn’t? What if one twin liked having that area stimulated while the other didn’t? All of this might lead to one twin being more likely to report having a G-spot than the other.

And another thing: the study excluded 71 women who reported they were lesbian or bisexual because of “the common use of digital stimulation among these women, which may bias the results.” They also excluded women who had never engaged in vaginal intercourse. But as we said, those of us who still actually believe in the G-spot know that digital/manual stimulation is the best way to get at the G-spot — so this decision effectively biased the study against G-spot discovery.

Also, according to GoodVibes, this is the question the women were asked: “Do you believe you have a so called G spot, a small area the size of a 20p coin on the front wall of your vagina that is sensitive to deep pressure?” So-called?! There’s a leading question if ever we heard one.

That all said, we don’t want to dismiss the study completely (we’re better than that!). Andrea Burri, who led the research, said she wanted to remove feelings of “inadequacy or underachievement” in women who felt they didn’t have a G-spot. Which is an admirable goal, though it’s a shame that this came at the cost of dismissing the sex lives and orgasms of all those women who do enjoy G-spot stimulation — and may even ejaculate as a result of it.

So we’re holding firm on our position that all women have a G-spot, but that area varies in size and sensitivity from woman to woman, and not all women enjoy having it stimulated: some love it, some hate it, and some feel nothing at all from it (which, naturally, may lead them to believe they don’t have one). In the meantime… bring on the sex research! We’re all for scientists examining female sexual response — let’s just try to be a bit more scientific about it, shall we?