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Author Bob Schwartz discusses The One Hour Orgasm

BOB SCHWARTZ

An interview with Bob Schwartz,

Author of The One-Hour Orgasm.

By DEBBY LEVINSON

THE RARE MIT STUDENT WHO FINDS himself or herself with an hour to spare is no longer resigned to playing "Tetris" in a musty Athena cluster. According to Bob Schwartz, you could be spending your time having a one-hour orgasm. Schwartz, author of the best-selling Diets Don't Work, was in Boston last Monday promoting his latest book, The One-Hour Orgasm. Based on the research of More University Professor Victor Baranco, Orgasm promises to teach the reader "how to have more fun by intensifying and lengthening the orgasmic state for yourself and your partner."

Schwartz's interest in the subject stemmed from the workshops he held on the theories behind Diets Don't Work. He said "one of our weight-loss clients told me that a friend of hers and her husband went to this university and took this sex course, and the woman lost a hundred pounds. And I said, `Well, how did she do that?' ... and she said something about having one-hour orgasms." Both skeptical and curious, Schwartz and his wife decided to sign up for the sexuality course themselves and were impressed by Baranco's work: "The information was so incredible. Not run-of-the-mill, Cosmopolitan-women's magazines-type, or the real technical type; it was just so true, everything he was speaking about."

Baranco's research of twenty years is based on the theory of tumescence, which was discussed by Masters and Johnson in their landmark works on human sexuality. Tumescence -- what Baranco describes as female sexual energy -- runs in one-month cycles with two peaks, one during ovulation and the other during menstruation. Baranco also claims that men suffer from tumescence. Symptoms include tension, agitation, or sexual arousal. Unfortunately, the desires caused by tumescence are most easily satisfied by consuming heavy, greasy food, which lead to weight gain. Schwartz stated that "the problem was, it made people's hips and thighs grow. Once [people] began to be satisfied totally sexually, that energy level would flatten out... it made a tremendous difference in their sex lives."

Schwartz offers an analogy in his book for society's taboo against talking seriously about sex and sexual performance. "What if you were not allowed to play tennis, practice it, talk about it, or even use the language of tennis?" he writes. "Imagine that you were even too embarrassed to ask someone else. What if everyone else pretended that they already knew everything there was to know about tennis and would make fun of you if you asked? Then one day you got married and the next day you were to show up at Wimbledon and win!"

"It teaches you a lot about your own body," he said of the technique he and Baranco claim have produced orgasms up to one hour in length. Normal orgasms consist of contractions of the sphincter, each 0.8 seconds long, with women having contractions for 9 to 12 seconds and men for about 6 seconds. The "simple manual technique" in The One-Hour Orgasm purports to extend this to "hundreds, even thousands" of contractions.

The technique, described in Chapter Six of the book, helps couples examine their sexual desires about one another. "It forces you to communicate," Schwartz explained. "It forces you to talk to your partner ... it's not about orgasms, it's about the pleasure you can have." In fact, the bulk of the book is devoted to training exercises designed to open lines of communication between husband and wife, particularly on the usually uncomfortable topic of sex. Schwartz enthused that "it [orgasm] is a side benefit of the philosophy."

Although the book's primary audience is intended to be married couples, Schwartz was mindful of today's shifting mores and included a chapter designed for unmarried couples with some sort of long-term relationship. He even offered advice to newlyweds: "Be willing to be open enough to the possibility that there's something that you don't know, that if you know it, would make your lives more pleasurable."