1. The history of the G spot
As one of the authors of The G Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, Beverly Whipple is the scientist famous for making the G spot a household term starting in 1982 (although its’s named after German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg, who first did research on the subject in the U.S. in the 1940s). Despite the books’s title, “we never stated that the area was an anatomical entity,” says Whipple, a professor emerita at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., where she still contributes to groundbreaking studies with behavioural neuroscientist Barry Komisaruk on the biology and neurophysiology of orgasms.
“We said it was an area you can feel through the anterior vaginal wall [the side nearest the belly], not something on the vaginal wall,” she points out, still seemingly baffled by the widespread misinterpretation.
Even researchers seem to get it wrong. Two years ago, when a Kings’s College study in the U.K. could not find a genetic link for the G spots’s presence in twins (a possible hallmark of a biological finding), it sparked headlines such as “G spot does not exist.”
But Whipple says the scientists didn’t ask the right question: “They asked twins if they felt they had a specific structure on the wall, not through the wall.” While the King’s College study has been widely discounted for that reason, the truth is that, quite simply, the G spot is not a spot; it is something much more complex.