The idea of a surgical ‘fix’ of sexual pleasure locates sexual pleasure at the level of theindividual body, rather
than in relation to a ‘fit’ between bodies and the practices they are engaged in, which disregards the
particularities of sex, according to Braun (2005).:
The majority of the clitoris is external.
Research on masturbation and sexual health indicates that young women with negative views towards
masturbation tend to speak in terms of their body being the property of men and do not associate sexual
activity with pleasure. On the other hand, young women with positive views towards masturbation tend to
express a feeling of control over their bodies and a sense of empowerment with regard to expecting sexual
The ‘therapeutic regulation of sex’ that McGann describes in “Healing (Disorderly) Desire” (2006) is an
example of social control that relies on opaque dichotomies, such as those of health/illness and normality/
The _____________ was first marketed to physicians and then to middle class women, as a medical device in
the treatment of hysteria and other female neuroses.
gin and tonic
While the prevalence of the vibrator was liberating for many women, it also created a number of anxieties,
Juffer (1998) argues, such as becoming alienating by the technology of the vibrator, as well as becoming
dependent on a machine for orgasms.