A serious post about sexuality

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I was recently made aware of a woman named Gretchen Molannen, who committed suicide due to a sexual disorder. Gretchen suffered from a disorder known as persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD). This disorder is described as, “a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire.”

This disorder causes women who have the disorder to feel constantly aroused. While this may seem like a positive to many people, it is described as a living hell by individuals who suffer from it.

Since I have been writing about human sexuality on this blog, I felt an obligation to point out how serious the study of human sexuality can be.  This woman suffered from a relatively unknown and unstudied disorder that caused her untold emotional and physical pain, which led her to suicide.

I will continue my fetish study as planed, I’m currently talking to individuals who are part of the fetish communities that I plan to write about so that I can deliver the best content I can.  However, I wanted to write about this case to show that our society needs to put aside our judgments about sex and sexuality; because in the end, we need to know about our sexuality so that we can advance as a society and so that people like Gretchen do not have to suffer.

This is Gretchen Molannen breaking down during an interview.  Her story shows us why we need to get over our discomfort with sex and seriously look at the subject matter.

This is Gretchen Molannen breaking down during an interview. Her story shows us why we need to get over our discomfort with sex and seriously look at the subject matter.

Fetish Study: Giant Women

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The giant women fetish, or giantess fetish, is a sexual attraction to the fantasy of giants who are women.  This is not a fetish for realistically large women, but rather a fetish for women who are as tall as skyscrapers.

This cult classic is considered by many to be the first example of mainstreaming of the giantess fetish.

The fantasy often involves women who are the size of the giant monsters often seen in Japanese monster movies such as Godzilla.  Often times the erotica involves these women destroying buildings, stomping on cars, and in many cases, killing or abusing a normal sized man.

There are many differing theories about this fetish.  The most common theories state that individuals who enjoy this fantasy are drawn to it due to the power that such a large women would inherently possess.  The men who enjoy this form of erotica are theorized to enjoy being submissive to women.  As a result, they get a sexual thrill out of having no control over the sexual encounter due to the woman’s physical dominance.

The women who star in this erotica have said that they enjoy the feeling of complete power that they feel when acting out the giant fantasy.  They are in control of everything since no one can stop them from doing whatever they want to a chosen target.

Much of the erotica involves women destroying buildings, cars, and eventually people with the erogenous zones of the human body.  This translates to women sitting on cars, buildings, or people; crushing said objects with their breasts; or, putting normal sized men in their underwear.

To many giantess fetishists, this scene of a woman’s foot crushing cars is an erotic sight.

But what do you think?  If you are a giantess fetishists, what do you get out of the fantasy?  If you are not, then what do you think of individuals who engage in the fantasy?  Let me know with a comment.

Fetish Study: Balloons

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To begin, I would like to apologize to the people who are following me for taking so much time to write my next post.  I have been fighting an upper-respiratory infection and I just began volunteer work.  But now that I’m healthy, let’s continue the fetish study.

People who describe themselves as having a balloon fetish say that they gain sexual arousal from sexual interaction with balloons, being around balloons, or use balloons in their sexual encounters.

A woman blowing up a balloon at a convention for balloon fetishists.

There are many different aspects of balloons that people describe as erotic.  The two most common that I have been able to find are an excitement from the buildup to the balloon popping, and the general erotic shape that balloons can have when inflated.  This combination of erotic shapes and extreme endorphin rushes creates a connection with balloons and the sex drive.

The uses of balloons in the sexuality of balloon fetishists is wide and varied throughout the community.  The majority of balloon fetishists appear to enjoy the act of inflating balloons until they burst, getting a sexual “high” off of the rush of endorphins.  Others enjoy physical sexual contact with inflated balloons themselves.  And in a few cases, individuals derive a sexual thrill from being able to climb into inflated weather balloons.

The very act of being inside of a balloon can be arousing to a balloon fetishists.

But what about you?  Are you a balloon fetishists, or know someone who is?  What do you get out of your fetish?  And if you are not a balloon fetishists; then what do you think of the fetish?

Fetish Study: Sado Masochism

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Hello everyone and welcome to The Fetish Study.  In the next several posts, I will be examining different sexual fetishes that are considered “strange” or “non-normative.”  These posts will not contain pornography or nudity, not out of any dislike for nudity but to keep the posts in a scientific frame.  So let’s start with the fetish of Sado Masochism.

Sado Masochism, or S&M for short, is the act of deriving sexual pleasure from inflicting (Sadism) or receiving (masochism) pain, discomfort, or humiliation.  The giving and receiving of pain, discomfort, or humiliation varies from person to person.  Some of the examples that I have heard of are as simple as engaging in forceful sexual actions. Some individuals enjoy tying up, or being tied up so that the masochist is unable to move.  The most extreme examples include being tied up nude in public or the use of needles and knives.

The fetish is found in all sexual orientations

Individuals who engage in S&M say that they are aroused by the idea of having or not having control over the sexual encounter.  The members of the community enjoy the power play, which they say enhances the experience.

To the outsider of this community, these actions appear abusive and hurtful to the masochist.  However, many masochists have said that the abusive nature of the sex acts they engage in are what they want to happen.  It should also be noted that the people who engage in these acts often have fail-safes in place to end the encounter should either participant have reservations about what is happening.  These include “safe words,” which when uttered, will signal the sadist to stop whatever they were doing and tend to the health and safety of the other person(s).

This particular fetish is one of the most common.  This can be seen in the pop-culture acceptance of S&M themed media.  The novel 50 Shades of Grey, the first of a trilogy of S&M themed romance novels, has had over 40 million copies sold.  Also, the hit single, S&M, by Rihanna has sold roughly 15,000 copies.  This would indicate that a large portion of the public is at least curious about the S&M fetish.

Don’t be nervous about bringing this to the counter. The clerk has probably sold a few hundred copies before you even walked in the door.

But what about you?  How do you feel about this fetish?  Do you enjoy these activities or not?  Let me know by leaving a comment.

P.S. You do not need to leave an email to comment on this blog.  So if you want to say something but don’t want to give any info, than just leave the email blank when you comment.

Coming Soon: The Fetish Study!

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What I plan to do with the next several posts on this blog is explore the world of human sexuality. I will write several posts about different fetishes/paraphilias. These will be fetishes that are engaged in by consenting adults, and that don’t hurt anyone, S&M being an exception.  I will be looking at these fetishes like a scientist, I will not judge people as long as all parties are consenting adults, and I will do my best to keep these post from becoming pornographic.  I will be using medical terminology and will not feature nudity in the pictures, not because I object to nudity but because you can reach a larger audience that way.

It seems like truth, justice, and the American way were a lot kinkier than we ever knew.

Since the fetishes that I will be looking at are harmless ones (mostly), I will not be writing about predatory paraphilias such as pedophilia and bestiality.

Some of the fetishes that I am already researching include, furries, balloon fetishes, sexual attraction to robots, and many others.

Class is in session

If you want to learn about a particular fetish, leave me a comment. Just keep in mind, I want to look at these as an independent third party with no judgments, so nothing involving rape, mutilation, or people who can’t consent. I may make exceptions if these things are part of consenting role-play.

Also, if you have a fetish you want me to write about, please try to link me to a forum or online community where I could ask questions and learn about the community since I don’t want to offend people by misrepresenting them.

That being said, sit back, have a beer, and prepare to learn about the wide world of human sexuality.

Just for Fun

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Did you know that protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were catholic!

A proton and a neutron walk into a bar.  The neutron asks the bartender “how much for a beer?” The bartender looks at him and says, “for you. No charge!”

Why was Heisenberg so bad at having sex?  When he had the position, he had no momentum and when he had the momentum, he didn’t have the position!

What’s the chemical formula for ice?  It’s H2O cubed.

Two atoms walk out of a bar.  One atom turn to the other and says, “I think I just lost an electron.” The other asks, “are you sure?” To which the first atom says, “yes, I’m positive.”

Is there any miracle to be found in miracle mineral solution?

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Well, there is a short answer and a long answer.  The short answer is no.  There are no health benefits, miraculous or otherwise to be found in Miracle Mineral Solution.  Now, in traditional Great Ape fashion, I will tell you about the latest medical scam that I have learned about.  This is the long version for those of you who are still reading.

Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS for short, is a substance sold by Jim Humble.  He claims that this product can cure AIDS, all forms of hepatitis, cancer, and a wide variety of other ailments.  But what is MMS exactly?

Miracle Mineral Solution. It has no minerals. It has no miracles. But, it is a solution.

MMS is a solution of sodium chlorite that a person is supposed to put in their drinking water with a few drops of vinegar.  It is supposed to be absorbed by the body and damage any and all pathogens without harming the healthy tissue.  Now there are a few problems with these claims.  First, there are no minerals in this solution.  Second, sodium chlorite is bleach.  Third, there is no such thing as a substance that is capable of killing pathogens that does not do some level of damage to any living tissue.

So why is MMS so bad for you?  Well to put it bluntly, MMS is industrial strength bleach.  Sodium chlorite is used in textiles, lumber, paper production, and cleansing solutions.  Now you may have the same question that I did when learning about this product; why would anyone think that this stuff is safe to drink?

Sodium chlorite is used in water purification.  This use is very different than the use when it is sold as MMS however.  In profesional water purification, the sodium chlorite is added in small amounts while being exposed to UV light.  The UV light causes sodium chlorite to degrade rapidly so that it is not in the water anymore when it is distributed.

So what are the dangers of drinking water with MMS added to it.  Well, MMS is just bleach.  Bleach is a powerful oxidizer, which means that it destroys the molecules of tissues in order to become more stable at the molecular level.  This means that MMS degrades the tissues of the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.

In the words of Tyler Durton, “this is a chemical burn.”

The dangers of ingesting MMS go beyond the degradation of bodily tissues in the GI tract.  MMS can coagulate bodily fluids and destroy red blood cells, which in turn can lead to a wide host of medical problems.

So remember, MMS is just one more fraud that preys on the desperation of people with severe illnesses.  If you use it, please stop for your own health.  If you know someone who uses it, please try to help them stop.  And remember, this stuff is just bleach.

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