Google search for "penis": 14,700,000
Google search for "clitoris": 2,230,000
(a ratio of 6.9:1)
The statistics are even more skewed when it comes to scientific research, as a similar search of the online medical articles database PubMed reveals:
Pubmed references found when searching for "penis": 41,777
Pubmed references found when searching for "clitoris": 1,967
(a ratio of 21:1)
While reading Chalker's arguments, I began to think about how sexual arousal and response are portrayed in romance novels. Since romance novels are written primarily by women and for women, do they do a better job at portraying a female patterns of sexual arousal and response than our culture at large? Or is the male-centered heterosexual model of sexuality so ingrained that it serves as the basis for the sex depicted in this woman-centered genre?
Would you like to join me in a little experiment to consider this question? Take the last romance novel you finished, and examine each of its sex scenes. Do they follow the pattern that Chalker terms the male heterosexual model of sexuality? Things you might look for:
• vaginal intercourse as the centerpiece of sexual activity, the primary goal
• a single orgasm, rather than multiple orgasms
• orgasm as the end of the scene (climax reached = goal accomplished!)
Or do they follow a different script? If so, what does that script look like?
Looking forward to hearing the results of your explorations...