Thanks to Jennifer for the link to this propaganda, and really badly justified propaganda it is at that.
This bit of PIV propaganda is aimed at post-menopausal women, you know, the time women have figured out that PIV is about as pleasurable as sticking a carrot up your nose, and a time when some women will get the confidence to say “no” to their husbands for the MANzatory PIV pony. It is also a time when Mother Nature gives most women the *hint* with vaginal dryness. But oh noes! We haz modern medicine to over-ride Mother Nature, so lube up laydees, and ride that PIV pony!
Women’s eNews are the ones urging the post-menopausals to saddle back up, quoting all sorts of ‘official’ studies. Let’s take a looky:
Headline: Post-Menopause Sex Is Great in So Many Ways
Strapline: Sex after menopause brings more than pleasure. It lowers blood pressure, boosts immunity and reduces pain, according to a mass of evidence that has been piling up in recent years.
OK Women’s eNews, convince me, I dares ya.
Here’s some really really good news. A recent up-tick in research on post-menopausal women’s sex lives has revealed a treasure trove of benefits.
Much of what we are learning comes from female physicians and scientists, especially from the Mayo Clinic, who have done pioneering work on women’s sexuality after menopause. These include Dr. Janice Swanson; Dr. Mary Gallenberg, who studies testosterone therapy for women; and Dr. Jacqueline Thielen, who studies the differences between women and men’s sexuality.
But plenty of other researchers are also making contributions and here’s a sampling of their collective findings.
OK, so you have thrown around some important-sounding names and stuff, but I remain unimpressed.
Frequent intercourse can be associated with lower blood pressure in stressful situations such as speaking in public, according to research published in the 10th edition of the book “Biological Psychology,” edited by James W. Kalat (Wadsworth Publishing, 2008).
Ah, I see, “sex” as you are defining it is sexual intercourse, why am I not surprised? But, I gets a little confused, what if I am about to do something stressful, and no dude is around to sink the sausage? And how exactly is the penetrative element providing the stress relief? Am I so distracted by the annoying thrusting that I just forget what I was nervous about? Ah yes, perhaps that is it. Pinching myself on the arm might have the same effect though.
Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., have also found that having sex once or twice a week is linked to higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which protects against all types of infection.
Well, assuming that the sausage-owner is disease-free (and not bonking other men/women on the side), and what about stuff like HPV linked to cervical cancer? So, I dispute the claim that PIV “protects against all types of infection”. Playing a bit fast and loose with the truth there I fear.
In another study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, it was found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of a fatal heart attack by 50 percent, compared to those who had sex less than once a month. For that study, scientists followed 914 people for 20 years. This work was reported by Carl J. Charneski, Ph.D., and Francis Brennan in their book, “Feeling Good is Good For You” (Rodale Press, 2003).
Reducing the risk of fatal heart attack by 50% sounds good. I am a little concerned that the study “followed 914 people” – are these all female people, or did it include male people? As it’s very rare for medical science to study or give a shit about women having heart attacks, the 914 ‘people’ is probably code for 914 males.
Not only that, sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles. It produces the same benefits as doing Kegel exercises and it builds the capacity for more pleasurable orgasms. It also helps strengthen the bladder, which may help some avoid bladder surgery.
Why can’t I just do Kegel exercises? Surely Kegel exercises would have far more benefit against urinary incontinence that riding the PIV pony, because those muscles are not routinely used in PIV. And the ‘more pleasurable orgasms’ thingy is probably only relevant if you have your uterus still in situ.
Sex reduces pain. An orgasm releases the hormones oxytocin and endorphins (the brain’s pain and anxiety reliever) so that pain declines. This means that the pain from arthritis, headaches and most other pain is reduced, according to a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine.
Oxytocin has other benefits too. Its release promotes deep, rapid-eye-movement (or REM) sleep. Good sleep is linked to such benefits as maintaining a healthy weight and lowering blood pressure.
Ah, so here you finally let the truth slip out, it is the orgasm giving all these benefits, and frankly given the success rate of women having orgasms as a result of PIV (alone) is minimal. But you don’t mention that do you? In fact, you are recommending the LEAST EFFICIENT and LEAST RELIABLE method of women achieving orgasms. So how fucked up is that?
At a conference on aging a couple of years ago, I heard a psychologist say women who ignore or repress their sexual needs are more vulnerable to behaviors like smoking, overeating or taking prescription drugs to relax.
The need for sexual contact lasts a lifetime. Older women may feel anxious due to changes in their bodies that have come with advancing age. Yet, there’s plenty of advice for vaginal dryness and other sexual issues older women sometimes have.
Many lubricants such as K-Y Jelly alleviate dryness very well and are available at any drug store. They are applied to the labia and penis before penetration to assure easy entrance and pain-free thrusting.
Gosh, we can’t have women doing unlaydeelike behaviours, or putting on weight! Teh horrors!
But wait, there’s moar! Mother Nature has given you the hint that PIV is not necessary, so just ignore what your own body is telling you about the need for PIV. 🙄
It’s also important to communicate your changing needs. Few men understand what it takes for a woman to come to orgasm. Don’t be shy. Your lover wants to satisfy you but can’t if you’re not open about what’s best for you. Only 20 percent of women can have an orgasm through vaginal penetration. Most women need direct stimulation to the clitoris.
With all the benefits and pleasures of sex after menopause we can be assured that sexual activity is life-giving and a pleasure to enjoy throughout our lives.
Ah, finally you admit to the “only 20 percent” thing, after babbling on for an entire article of the benefits of PIV, which aren’t the benefits of PIV, they are the benefits of ORGASM, least likely achieved by PIV. And so you do actually know about the clitoris, the only organ in humans with just one purpose, sexual pleasure.
Why is this article not promoting manual, or self-stimulation of the clitoris to achieve all these benefits? Or cunnilingus perhaps? No manz required for any of that.
There is no reason on earth to promote the least likely method of orgasm, particularly with the possible need for artificial lubrication, unless you are either stupid, or promoting male domination via sexual penetration.
This has to be the badly executed and most transparent of patriarchy propaganda that I have seen for some time.