FW: Slate on orgasms

Dan Kohn (dan@teledesic.com)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 17:31:31 -0700


Underplayed: Scientists at Rutgers University claim to have identified
a chemical that causes female orgasms. The chemical, known as the
vasoactive intestinal peptide, appears to trigger the orgasm sensation
in the brain. Researchers found that three of 16 paraplegic women were
able to achieve orgasm, evidently by receiving the peptide through the
vagus nerve (which connects the brain directly to the cervix) rather
than the spine. The researchers envision turning the chemical into a
pill, which they claim would be used for pain suppression. The
director of the Kinsey Institute says that while he respects the
Rutgers team, it would be hard to stabilize the chemical in a pill.

First, we find out that men are obsolete, since women can now
reproduce by cloning without any help from men. Now, with an orgasm
pill, our last reason for existence may be gone.

- dan

Daniel Kohn <dan@teledesic.com>
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