Article] Orgasmatron inventor seeks female volunteers
- Orgasmatron inventor seeks female volunteers
10:44 27 November 03
Women who cannot have orgasms can now have a device implanted in their spines that will trigger the sensation for them. Clinical trials of the "orgasmatron" have begun in the US, with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.
The device was the focus of massive media attention two years ago, after New Scientist broke the news of its existence and used the term orgasmatron to describe it.
But despite all the coverage, few people are volunteering for the trial. "I thought people would be beating my door down to become part of the trial," says Stuart Meloy, the surgeon who patented the treatment. "But so far I am struggling to find people."
That does not surprise some experts, who think an implant is too radical a treatment for sexual problems. "Why would you do it invasively if you can do it with a vibrator?" asks Marca Sipski of the University of Miami, who studies sexual function in women with spinal cord injuries.
Only one woman has completed the first stage of the trial, and one other is now being signed up. Meloy hopes to find eight more to complete the first stage of the study, in which wires connected to a battery pack are inserted through the skin and into the woman's spinal cord.Read the rest at NewScientist.comComment:Sexual evolution is no joke. The function of the orgasm and its apparent absence in 'primitive' tribes is mysterious. Anthropologists often report that sex in tribal settings is quick and mechanical.On the invention, the story line from the 1973 science fiction spoof 'Flesh Gordon', a parody on 'Flash Gordon', featured an attack on Earth by a sexually liberated race that fired an "orgasmitron" at various highly populated areas so diverting their attention from issues of defence and aggression and instead to episodes of vigorous breeding.Kind Regards,
Robert Karl Stonjek.