ORGASM INC will raise a stink

I probably know less about female orgasms than anyone on the planet—even former boy band members–but Liz Canner knows a lot about them, even more than pharmaceutical companies do.

In fact, when she took on a job editing erotic videos for such a company’s drug trials in their attempt to market a female Viagra, Canner’s intellectual G spot was awakened and she realized the bizarre situation she’d landed in needed to be a documentary.

The strongly executed result, Orgasm Inc, is an alarming look at the way big business tries to manipulate the public by creating diseases, then marketing the supposed cure.

On the eve of the film’s February 11 opening in New York and Chicago (before it goes to L.A. and DVD), I spoke with Canner about her orgasmic achievement.

Me: Hi, Liz. So, for the most part, women have been misled about female sexual dysfunction.

Canner: There’s nothing that says you need 20 orgasms a month or 10 sexual thoughts a day. There’s no definition of sexual function. It’s only something you self-diagnose. The pharmaceutical advertising aims to make women think they’re not normal with whatever sexual activity they’re having. The “43% of women have female sexual dysfunction” statistic that they use is bogus.

Me: You also talk in the film about the way women are hyped into getting all kinds of genital surgery. How did you get someone to talk about having had that done, even behind a screen?

Canner: It took a few years. They were very embarrassed about what they had done to themselves. The woman I got was through a friend of a friend. Vaginal surgery has taken off more than anything. Doctors are making up procedures. It’s like the Wild West of surgery. Botox in vaginas!

Me: And some women are getting their vaginas made tighter.

Canner: They say it’s for a woman’s pleasure, but we know whose pleasure it is.

Me: In the film, you discuss the Berman sisters, who are renowned proponents of female sexual dysfunction and its alleged treatment. You claim they were on the drug companies’ payroll.

Canner: The info in my documentary comes from the L.A. Times, which did a good investigative piece on them. It’s very surprising to me that the Oprah network is doing a show with Laura Berman.

Me: How did you get the on-camera interview with her?

Canner: She loves the media. I said I was doing a story on female sexual dysfunction. I didn’t hide my point of view.

Me: At another point, you come close to showing a woman having an orgasm. Did you consider going all the way with that?

Canner: She is having one.

Me: Oh, so that’s what that was! [both laugh]