Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

What a wiggle reveals

Posted in news by jenapincott on December 12, 2008

1508213496_4fdbc3bf8aI couldn’t help but to post the latest news on the science of the “wiggle walk” — a study that shows that trained experts can tell if a woman has vaginal orgasms based on her gait.

As discussed in-depth in BLONDES, much has been made of the way women walk. For instance, the wigglier the walk, the curvier the woman, and — surprisingly — the more likely she is not to be ovulating.

And now there’s more.

In the current study, sixteen Belgian woman provided a history of their sexual behavior, including the ability to have vaginal orgasms from intercourse alone , and then were videotaped walking in a public place. Two sexologists and two sexologists-in-training, all of whom were unaware of the women’s sexual histories, were asked to guess which women could achieve vaginal orgasm. Judging from the way the women swiveled and sashayed, the experts were accurate about 80 percent of the time.

What is it about the saunter of a vaginally orgasmic woman that gives her away? The answer, according to the researchers, Aurelie Nicholas and Stuart Brody, involves differences in stride length and vertebral rotation. Easily-orgasmic women have a gait that “comprises fluidity, energy, sensuality, freedom.” Whether it’s due to unimpaired, unlocked pelvic muscles that release the flow of energy — or simple sexual self-confidence — remains to be seen.

Personally, I think it’s all interesting, but I’d like to see a bigger n here: 16 women and 4 sexologists is a tiny study. Plus, if there’s something to it, would the gaits be distinctive to the “untrained” eye? Reminds me of what I was told when I was thirteen years old. I spent a summer picking tobacco with a crew of farm workers who insisted they could tell whether a woman is a virgin based on her walk. Those guys also taught me how to spit.

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