Amy Schumer has been called an “orgasm activist.” She’s telling men everywhere to care about women’s orgasms and she’s telling women everywhere that they deserve orgasms. Quoting from an article in Huff Post Women:
Schumer said that when it comes to sex, a woman's orgasm should never be optional. “Do what you feel you want to do while also considering how you’ll feel the next day. Don’t not have an orgasm," she told Glamour. "Make sure he knows that you’re entitled to an orgasm. I like to say it. I’ll be like, ‘Hey, there are two people here.’ I’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, have you met my clit?’ Don’t be self-conscious.” It's never too late to make new friends — even when that friend is a woman's clitoris.
There’s actually both sex research and sex therapy wisdom supporting Amy’s advice. The only thing missing is instructions on how to implement her advice. That’s unfortunately the hard part. So, allow me to fill in the blanks by breaking Amy’s message down, line by line, with some psychologically-sound how-to tips:
In the research summary, something else really interesting emerged. That is, the better the sex, the less the regret. This takes us to Amy’s next point—making sure you have an orgasm.
The clitoris is KEY to a woman’s orgasms. A very small percentage of women (about 3–10%) reliably orgasm from penetration alone. Instead, most women reach orgasm through manual stimulation or oral sex, or through pairing clitoral stimulation (with your hand or a vibrator) with intercourse. A thrusting penis alone just doesn’t cut it for most women. But, since a good percentage of movies and porn show women reaching orgasm from intercourse, too many young women and men think this is how women should reach orgasm. Know this isn’t true. Instead, figure out (through masturbation) what kind of clitoral stimulation you need to reach orgasm, and tell your partner this.
Use Amy’s words (Have you met my clit?) as incentive to find your own way to tell a partner what you need to orgasm. Try words (“touch here”; “softer”; “harder”) or moaning or breathing heavier when something feels good. Try moving his hand. If he’s a longer-term partner, try having an out-of-bed conversation (e.g., tell him what you need over coffee rather than in the midst of sex), or give him a good guide-book to your clitoris, like She Comes First. Sexual communication is not a skill we are often taught, but it is well worth the effort of learning. Communication is the bedrock to make your bed rock.
Finally, something else implied in Amy’s message (and that she’s said elsewhere) is that to enjoy sex you need to let go of body-shame. One key to banishing self-consciousness during sex and great sex itself is mindfulness: being able to immerse fully in the moment.
Amy Schummer is using her comedic genius to be an orgasm advocate. Now it’s up to you to take her advice and advocate for your own orgasm. It feels great, and Amy’s right: You deserve it and your clitoris and your communication are the key.
For additional tips to improve your body-image and your sex life, please check out my Letter to Sexually Active Young Heterosexual Women