There have been a few times in my life when I’ve experienced the sensation of having a full-blown orgasm, and I wasn’t doing anything remotely sexual at the time. I experienced the core physical feeling of orgasm without the ejaculation part or even the erection part.
The first few times this happened I did not even know what an orgasm was, at least from the viewpoint of how one felt. They happened right around puberty. One morning I was in PE class and was instructed to climb a rope, and when I did, yowsers-wowsers! I got this incredible feeling. I would later discover that this was the same feeling that accompanied standard issue orgasm.
One time later I was in my mid-teens. As I sat in a dentists chair being fed nitrous oxide for an impending wisdom tooth extraction, I was drifting with the background music and without any genital stimulation or erection, I experienced a full-blown orgasm. (My current dentist has never heard of that happening with nitrous oxide, but it sure thrilled me.)
My take-away from these episodes was to conclude that orgasm is something that happens in the brain even though it usually occurs from genital stimulation. Even though habit and feeling tells me that it’s a penis thing, the real action must happen up inside the command center of the brain.
An offshoot of that experience has me wondering if orgasm could be artificially and predictably created via drugs or some other brain stimulation device.
OUTCOMES OF AN iCUM
Let’s just say that someone invented an orgasm pill or a device (call it an iCum) that produced orgasms via the brain without conventional sexuality, genital stimulation, or ejaculation. And for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume that this was medically safe. What are some of the considerations that would occur?
The first likely outcome would be a rush to monetize it. Look at the Viagra et al industry. Could you imagine the fortune this could generate?
An orgasm pill or orgasm-triggering iCum device would be unique in that it would not necessarily be created to solve a problem like erectile dysfunction. It could just be for pure pleasure, enjoyment, and convenience.
While conventional orgasm is a rather fleeting experience—a few seconds of woo-hoo–discovering how to trip this switch in the brain might produce orgasm that lasts longer than normal muscle spasm. Or more like the tantric experience of energy orgasms, the pill or device could stimulate a multiple orgasm response like a steady flow of ocean waves?
The problem here is that much of society is anti-pleasure. Governments have learned that it’s hard to recruit an army for the dirty work of conquering other countries if the core pool of potential soldiers is happily zoned out on love, sex, dope, whatever. If people became accustomed to being able to enjoy an hour’s worth of orgasms a day, they would not be so eager to trade all that bliss in for combat duty.
A likely outcome would be that governments would criminalize the goods. Societies have not been especially friendly to just-for-pleasure drugs. Currently, we favor tobacco and alcohol and yet mostly criminalize marijuana, which is arguably safer and healthier than the latter two. It is likely that certain lobbyists and pressure groups representing big tobacco and big alcohol would consort to fight against the safe orgasm pill–unless the lobbyists for big pharma joined the fray.
Another interesting track to follow would be a potential shift in the social order if orgasmic feelings could be produced with a pill or woo-hoo device (like some sort of electro-magnetic thingie that pulsed the right part of the brain.) How would that invention impact intimate relationships? Already one of the huge arguments against porn is that people become more aroused through audio-visual fantasy stimulation than through interaction with a real person. If people could easily have orgasms without sex, would they want sex?
The positive side of me thinks that people might increase intimate interaction if the pressure to produce orgasms was dramatically reduced. In other words, they might enjoy each other’s company more if they did not worry so much about physical manipulations of body parts. They might be inclined to be more sensual and comforting. Imagine being able to have orgasms while enjoying the simplicity of cuddling and daydreaming.
If an orgasm pill or woo-hoo device produced non-ejaculatory orgasms, it means that a man would still be able to ejaculate the old fashion way. He could have brain-induced orgasms and save his ejaculations in reserve for procreation or erotic scenes with partners who fancied the wet stuff. Older guys might find this technological breakthrough particularly awesome.
The negative side of me thinks that at the rate people flee from true intimacy, many would flock to this sexual substitute. If taking a pill or using a woo-hoo device provided a much easier way to experience orgasmic felings than dealing with a partner’s difficult personality, it would become a popular escape route. We pop enough pills as it is and this would just add to the consumption.
Of course we normally associate orgasm with sexuality, and therefore any thought of having orgasm is usually sexual-centric. But what if brain-induced orgasmic feelings were conceived more like an ecstatic experience, a rapture, an energy blast? It might not need a sexual context at all. It could be more along the lines of a personal religious ecstasy experience. Another name for it besides orgasm might be invented to differentiate the two.
We probably won’t have to deal with these questions any time soon. I don’t think this kind of breakthrough is on the invention horizon. My experiences with this phenomenon were decades ago, yet having had orgasmic feelings without any type of sex or erection teases me with ideas of the possibilities.