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An ‘O-shot’ to heighten the elusive treasure that is G-Spot
NIDHI GUPTA  25th Mar 2012

Illustration by Rashmi Gupta | Dev Kabir Malik Design

he world's biggest, most trying hunt has been on for a while now. Hidden somewhere deep in the female anatomy lies a little 'walnut' that is believed to make a woman feel the 'real' fireworks. Since 1982, when scientist Beverly Whipple published her rather controversial book, the entire race has been obsessed with digging out the truth behind the notoriously shy G-spot that has come to embody all the pleasure a woman can desire. In a personal quest, a French journalist, Segolene Hanotaux, has created a documentary to get to the bottom of this mystified 'notion' (as some would call it) that has left generations baffled.

"Four years ago, a friend told me excitedly that the G-spot existed and it was the most wonderful discovery of her life. The next day, another friend opined that it was the biggest lie on earth. I wondered how in modern times, there could be so much confusion about women's sexuality," laughs Hanotaux.

And so she made a 52-minute long documentary, titled G-Spotting: A story of Pleasure and Promise, that begins with scientist Andrea Burri of King's College rejecting the G-spot, saying that it was, in fact, only a subjective phenomenon and possibly existed in the mind alone. Hanotaux includes practical examinations and testimonies from scientists to establish that the G-spot does exist. "But I've realised that science is not very efficient. Any hypothesis can be proved if the right means are found. And why should we ask science to prove what women can feel?" she demands.

Recently, when independent curator Rebecca Peshdikian decided to screen the movie in Delhi, a small but eclectic crowd turned up curious as to what enlightenment they might get. "In India, I've noticed people do not like to talk about things like this. This was an exercise to get people to come out on the topic. Of course, empowerment is not only about being in control of your body, but being able to speak about it freely is one way to get there, I think," she says.

Seeing as sexuality has always been such a crucial weapon in the war of the sexes, Hanotaux says this was essentially a feminist exercise for her. "We have an entire society keeping female, or any form of 'alternative' sexuality including homosexuality, transgenders, etc, under wraps. So when people began speaking out about it in the '80s, it became dangerous for patriarchal elements – they had begun to lose control over pleasure," she explains.

In Tantric knowledge, The Chandrakala makes the woman’s body a sacred locus linked to the cosmos. The body will fade away eventually, she says, but does that mean your freedom has to leave you too?

Freud may have thought women who couldn't orgasm through penetrative sex to be amateurs, thus leaving generations of women with an inferiority complex about their abilities to be pleased. But for the third wave feminists who, after a critical meeting in Columbia University in 1982, have embraced sex and all forms of sexuality, the equality of males and females in this trope is very important.

Thus the focus on the G-spot in the West has reached outrageous levels. The film shows Hanotaux, the ever-inquisitive journalist, travelling to Los Angeles where she meets a doctor who specialises in what he calls the 'G-shot' – an injection to enlarge your G-spot and thus bring you more pleasure; and a professor in New York who gives demonstrations on Sundays on every woman's ability to ejaculate!

Meanwhile, in the East, sexuality is a topic that remains completely outside the realm of public debate and discourse. Madhu Khanna, founder of the Tantra Foundation in Delhi and director of the Centre for Comparative Religions at Jamia Millia Islamia, says that liberation in Asian philosophy is and always has been more spiritual than physical.

"In Tantric knowledge, the body is linked to lunar cycles – as the moon waxes and wanes, certain points of the body can be energised. For the woman, there is a strong relation with erogenous zones," explains Khanna. This idea, called Chandrakala, makes the woman's body a sacred locus linked to the cosmos. The body will fade away eventually, she says, but does that mean your freedom has to leave you too?

So what accounts for the West's obsession with the G-spot? "India has strong symbols of female power in the spiritual realm, which is completely absent in the West," points out Khanna. Hanotaux agrees that this form of feminism is definitely Western but also says that eroticism in India is really old, what with the Kama Sutra.

Whether metaphysical or not, the O-word seems to have connotations and implications that leave the F-word far behind, as far as women are concerned. "I do not know if free speech about sexuality is the key to empowerment. But I do believe that being able to create the space can only set the ball rolling for better things," says Hanotaux.

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