January 12, 2010

The G-Spot: Magic Or Myth? Some Researchers Say Myth

A recent study by King's College London researchers has declared women's g-spot doesn't exist. However, many skeptics are criticizing the study.

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A recent study by King’s College London researchers has declared women’s g-spot doesn’t exist.  However, many skeptics are criticizing the study and its findings.

The Study: The G-Spot Is A Myth?

Researchers at King’s College London in the United Kingdom conducted a twin study with a sample of 1,800 female twins.  These women were given a survey in which they were asked whether they believe they have a g-spot.

Slightly over half of the respondents in the study answered yes to having a g-spot, but slightly less than one-third reported that they were able to achieve orgasm during vaginal-penile intercourse.

Further, women who did report having a g-spot were more likely to be extroverted, arousable, and open to experience.  Thus, the researchers concluded that “the controversial G-spot has no genetic component and therefore probably doesn’t exist.”

A Reason To Be Skeptical

In general, I encourage everyone to be critical of the barrage of statistics they hear in the news: “70% of women did this,” “the majority of Black people voted for that,” “four in five doctors recommend these.”  Of critical importance is the larger sample percentages come from.

If it’s a group of 10 people, 70% only accounts for 7 people, so such conclusions may overstate the findings of such research.  Also, it is important to ask how representative a sample is.  A lot of research relies on samples that are predominantly-white, middle-class, able-bodied, and heterosexual.

Finally, as in the case of this research on the g-spot, how the research is done matters.  In this study, the researchers deemed the g-spot a myth based simply on survey results of heterosexual women, not on physical examinations or observing women’s physiological arousal and orgasm.

A number of scholars and bloggers like Omniphila, Sexuality & Society, and Dr. Petra Boynton have provided extensive critiques of the most recent g-spot study.  So, in the mean time, more research is needed!

Unless more research mounts to declare the g-spot a myth, I, and many others, believe it exists!

  • I read this too and am fairly amazed by the logic. Let's take a relatively less controversial hypothesis such as that most men have penises. Then the likelihood that an identical twin has one is exactly the same as that anyone else has one. There is no fathomable reason why an identical twin would be more likely to report having one if his twin also did so. Thus the lack of any such correlation proves strictly nothing. At most, the researchers have disproved that there is a genetic factor in whether or not a woman has a G-spot. It remains open whether all women have one or none does. Nonetheless the researchers conclude that reports have no evidential value at all. Some undefined yet presumably high proportion of women will have reported having one, and yet they conclude that it does not exist. If they asked the same question to men about transanal prostate sensitivity, they would get similar results but draw opposite conclusions.
    I call this simply misogynistic bias and invite all sisters to be duly outraged by it!

  • mike

    Imho, and supported by my wifes..the g spot seems to be a factor of the size of the parauretheral gland. And that size is determined by genetics.
    I do know women with larger paraurethral glands have vaginal orgasms quicker and are often multi.
    While women with smaller ones take more clitorial stimulation.

  • godfreysilas

    Sean, yours is the most intellectually resonant counter argument i have read so far. I think the researchers are stupid idiots. All they had to do was put word out to the wide world of ejaculating women out there; watch them ejaculate, as I have a million times, and begin their study from that point. The most painful, monumental stupidity of the study is: returning women with active g-spots to the old anxiety of INCONTINENCE, when these women are perfectly normal. I have, in association with a group of g-spot experts, produced a few educational films on The Ejaculating Women detailing the phenomenon from top to bottom. The British researchers should review these films and knock themselves out. Morons.

    Clips of the documentaries about at:

    Godfrey Silas
    Glamour Television International

  • bettysmorgas

    I posted a link and a blurb about this study on my blog. I admitted that I don't know if I have a g spot, but I feel like I do when I am with a hot guy (or rich).

  • healthypleasures

    Another day…another g-spot study. So supposedly it is just all in women's heads. Even if it is not a result of a physical “attribute”, isn't it quite good enough that it is in their head? Where do you really draw that line? Isn't the brain where all sensory feelings are based? Have these studies decided to completely ignore the clitoris?

    Wow, that was many questions there…but it is just a little annoying to see these studies based on relatively small groups of participants coming from demographics that may not be the most significant and from a broad base.

    Thanks for the great post!

  • Lee

    Pretty bold conclusions for such a poorly designed study.

    It would be more accurate to say “Over 50% of Twins Believe The G-Spot Exists”…but of course that doesn't have as much impact as declaring it doesn't exist at all.