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Published:July 7th, 2006 15:43 EST
Doctor: Previous sex studies 'shortchanged' women by asking wrong questions

Doctor: Previous sex studies 'shortchanged' women by asking wrong questions

By Anne Laszlo Howard

Why do a reported 15 million women suffer from low sex drive? Because the word sex " has become synonymous with intercourse and orgasm. Male sexuality has been the norm in sex research and in popular culture. But clinical sex therapist Dr. Gina Ogden noted that, for many women, intercourse is not what they find most satisfying and meaningful about sex, so she launched a landmark study to investigate how women define great sex. "

Over 4,000 people (33% more than the Hite Report) responded to the ISIS (Integrating Spirituality in Sexuality) Survey. Nearly all respondents said that emotional and spiritual elements in their sexual encounters were crucial for sexual satisfaction. Amazingly, less than 1% mentioned the physical act of intercourse. Ogden`s research reveals that previous sex studies actually shortchanged women by asking the wrong questions. They excluded feelings and meanings that are important to women`s sexual desire and satisfaction.

Now, Dr. Ogden has published the results of her study in a new book, The Heart and Soul of Sex: Making the ISIS Connection (Trumpeter Books, July 2006), offering an in-depth explanation of women`s sexual experience, and a revolutionary model of human sexuality that encompasses mind, heart, and soul, as well as body.

GINA OGDEN, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Ogden has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including Oprah, and is the author of Women Who Love Sex.

The Heart and Soul of Sex: Making the ISIS Connection
1-59030-294-X
$22.95 Hardcover
Trumpeter Books/Shambhala Publications
Available: JULY 12, 2006