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Squirting has been getting a lot of attention in recent years

Squirting has been getting a lot of attention in recent years

Ejaculation is a powerful bodily experience that has long been associated with penises and male sexuality. But ejaculation from the vulva or vagina can also happen — before, during, after, or without orgasm. Now that there is more understanding that women (and people assigned female at birth) do have a sexuality — that we aren’t just passive sexual objects — there’s more openness and awareness about our sexual biology, desires, and appetites. And squirting is just one part of that.

During sex, some people with vaginas experience the involuntary emission of fluid. This has become known “squirting” or “female ejaculation” (even though not everyone with a vulva identifies as female, nor does everyone who identifies as female have a vulva).

“Squirting has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. Accurate information and conversation about the sexual realities of female-assigned folks — whose bodies are still often subject to myth and mystery — is fantastic. That said, squirting is sometimes presented as something to “achieve” or an essential part of being sexually liberated. That creates a lot of unnecessary pressure!”  says Kitty May, Director of Education and Community Outreach at Other Nature

We appreciate that some people feel squirting is a party trick they’re expected to perform, but what about those who find it empowering?

A short history of squirting

It seems that we have been ejaculating for a long time. In 2010, urologist Joanna Korda and her colleagues combed through translations of ancient literary texts and plucked out multiple references to the ejaculation of sexual fluids.

The Kamasutra (written in 200–400 A.D.) speaks of “female semen” that “falls continually”, while a 4th century Taoist text, “Secret Instructions Concerning the Jade Chamber,” distinguishes between “slippery vagina” and “the genitals transmit fluid.” Korda and her co-authors reasoned that the latter can clearly be interpreted as female ejaculation.

Not everyone would consider it literature, but pornography is a common way for people to learn about sexuality these days. We reached out to the popular website Pornhub, and they told us that the popularity of squirting videos on their site increased drastically between 2013 and 2015, and has remained as one of the site’s Top 20 categories of videos. They generated some fascinating data for us about squirting in porn.

  • According to Pornhub’s data analysts, women are 44% more likely to search for squirting videos compared to men, and the popularity of squirting decreases with age.
  • Worldwide, visitors from Colombia are far more likely to search for squirting videos than in other countries, as are visitors from South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Slovakia.
  • In the US, visitors from Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Nebraska are proportionately the most interested in searching for squirting videos, while those from California, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York are the least interested in squirting.

“Mainstream porn represents one very particular version of squirting (just as it represents one very particular version of what a vulva looks like). Many female-assigned people who do ejaculate experience something more like a trickle than the dramatic gush that is often depicted — in fact, they may not even notice it has happened. Just as neither squirting nor not squirting is “better,” there is no right or wrong way to ejaculate”, says Kitty May

Controversy: so what *is* squirting!

But popularity hasn’t made it “acceptable” by everyone. In 2014 female ejaculation was banned from UK-produced pornography. The ban was met with considerable protest, as it implies that ejaculation from a vulva is somehow perverse, while ejaculation from a penis is completely normal.

Apparently censors found it hard to tell the difference between female ejaculation and urination, which is considered an “obscene” pornographic act.

There is no conclusive agreement among scientists regarding the composition of female ejaculatory fluid. Although still unclear, female ejaculate fluid has been demonstrated to contain urine, and may also contain a combination of other fluids as well.

In 2009, doula and sex researcher Dr. Amy L. Gilliland saw that existing studies of female ejaculation failed to take into account the experiences of the people ejaculating, so she interviewed 13 women about their experience. Most reported “copious” amounts of fluid being released around the time of orgasm, enough to “soak the bed”, “spray the wall” or have their partner scream in terror and misunderstanding. Gilliland noticed that women who initially felt shame about their ejaculation tended to have more positive feelings about it later in their lives — after learning more about it, hearing about others’ experiences, or having positive feedback from their sexual partners.

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