If it’s true that 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, then we have a huge problem and apparently no solution. However, if this statistic was misleadingly achieved in a single study from 1999, and is constantly rehashed so that we can pathologise our normal sexual responses, then that’s a whole other story.
A recent movement called Even the Score has been espousing the notion that we women are being undertreated in the sexual zone. As a feminist, you read their call to action, and want to jump on board immediately. All the usual flags are being hoisted: lack of representation, lack of funding, lack of acceptance. Men have 26 treatments for their sexual problems and we have nothing but complaining men.
The issue being raised by the real feminists is whether our low sexual desire and lack of response is really pathological, or just a natural response to our intense, stressful lifestyles, our chronic tiredness, our burdened relationships and our sore lack of responsible sexuality information.
Why would people want to make us feel and believe we were sick if we weren’t? Because of the money, honey! But my 200 words are up, so I defer to the BMJ