At the end of April, one of our in-house workshop presenters, Euphemia from I Wish You Knew (@sex.iwishyouknew), is hosting her first workshop at Passionfruit about Gushing and Squirting. Here’s her blog about the research and misconceptions about squirting.
GUSHING AND SQUIRTING WITH EUPHEMIA
Like many things to do with sexual pleasure, there’s a lot of misconceptions around squirting and gushing and there’s sooooo much more study to be done - seriously, where are the sex positive millionaires at? Please send them my way. It’s outrageous to consider that just because pleasure isn’t essential to reproduction, that understanding more about how we function sexually, isn’t seen as a priority.
Gushing and squirting has an odd place in society’s mind: some people feel ashamed if they do experience it, but then at the same time some people feel inadequate if they don’t. So I’m here to say that no experience is better than any other!
I started I Wish You Knew because we deserve information about our bodies and pleasure so that we can really experience body autonomy. We deserve experiences that are consensual, informed, well communicated, and able to be approached in an explorative, fun and informed way.
So long live gushing and squirting for those who are interested!
So, back to the research and busting misconceptions. What I can confirm and update you about vaginas and vulvas for the sake of understanding gushing and squirting more is:
- The G Spot isn’t a spot it’s a nexus of arousal tissue, and the ‘G’ is named after Grafenburg who is a dead white dude. I personally think the name needs to reclaimed and rebranded...if you have some ideas please share!
- The clitoris is built only for pleasure and has 8,000 nerve endings, but was exempt from medical anatomy books until 2009 as it was seen to be crude, and not essential to reproduction. But a Melbourne Doctor Dr Helen O’Connell, our local hero, put it back on the map (...of Tasmania, hehehe local joke for a local find)!
And now for research specifically about gushing and squirting!
Since the 1950s, eleven studies have been done about squirting, with the most recent study we know of done in 2015 - check it out here. But as I said earlier, these studies are not well funded and resourced, so the study in 2015 only had SEVEN people. Obviously not a solid sample size, but we work with what we’ve got you know.From those eleven studies, we so far know:
- Gushing and squirting mostly happens from “G spot” arousal, but in some cases can happen from clitoral or anal stimulation.
- Although the fluid is mostly released through the urethra (the ‘pee tube’ hehehe) it can be also be released through the vaginal walls.
- Squirt fluid has some elements of pee, but so does most ejaculate from penises, so that’s not very helpful. But for some it contains PSA which is found in ejaculate. So in short it is not only pee and it’s not only ejaculate. So you could consider it like “special pee”!
- Another fluid can be released by some from the urethral ducts at the entrance to the urethra but is another fluid. So two separate fluids can be released!
- It can happen voluntarily, or unconsciously. In the workshop, we will go through how you can stop gushing and squirting happening too.
- Gushing and squirting doesn’t always happen at the same time as orgasm.
So in short, everyone’s body works differently, but there are some reliable approaches and tips so you can “encourage” your body to experience this! In the workshop I will go through how to magnify pleasure with some nerdy body mechanics, techniques, and toys, and how to do it comfortably.
Euphemia has an online squirting workshop that you can access HERE