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First stirrings: cultural notes on orgasm, ejaculation, and wet dreams.
J Sex Res 2007; 44(2):122-34JS

Abstract

Both the findings and the limitations of numeric milestone research in sexology have a bearing on the pedagogical status of pleasure, as well as the cultural underpinnings of the notion of a psychosexual milestone. An overview is offered of international data pertaining to the chronology of three "milestones" in sexual autobiography: first orgasm (orgasmarche), first ejaculation (oigarche), and first wet dream (nocturnal emission). Methodological problems associated with the measurement of these variables are discussed. These problems are then situated in a culturalist perspective. It is concluded that orgasms are cultural artifacts in terms of their chronological occurrence as well as perceived salience, necessity, and "age appropriateness".

Authors+Show Affiliations

Berg & Dalseweg 209 k60, Nijmegen 6522BK, The Netherlands. diederikjanssen@gmail.com

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17599270

Citation

Janssen, Diederik F.. "First Stirrings: Cultural Notes On Orgasm, Ejaculation, and Wet Dreams." Journal of Sex Research, vol. 44, no. 2, 2007, pp. 122-34.
Janssen DF. First stirrings: cultural notes on orgasm, ejaculation, and wet dreams. J Sex Res. 2007;44(2):122-34.
Janssen, D. F. (2007). First stirrings: cultural notes on orgasm, ejaculation, and wet dreams. Journal of Sex Research, 44(2), pp. 122-34.
Janssen DF. First Stirrings: Cultural Notes On Orgasm, Ejaculation, and Wet Dreams. J Sex Res. 2007;44(2):122-34. PubMed PMID: 17599270.
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