"Rape tends to be understood and even prosecuted - if there is no weapon involved, and no additional physical assault - as if it is 'just' forced sex rather than a highly violent act resulting in potentially lasting physical damage. But new science shows that 'mere' fear and 'mere' violation, when imposed on a victim through a 'nonviolent' sex assault, can imprint and harm the female brain and body in measurable, long-lasting ways." Naomi Wolf is speaking about the dysregulating effect of sexual trauma on the delicate physical and psychological balance that underpins the female body's physical mechanism for getting turned on. This dysregulation of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs from such trauma leads to the vagina's physical inability (or impaired ability) to engorge with blood in the natural way it would during the process of arousal. The vagina's functionality is actually damaged through rape and sexual trauma and the system that, in a body with a penis, would allow an erection to be achieved is affected negatively.
Engorgement of erectile tissue in the vagina is essential to arousal and sexual pleasure (did you know that we have as much erectile tissue as a penis, all within the vagina?!), so on top of the psychological damage that the trauma inflicts there is also a physiological consequence that makes it harder for a woman's body to respond in the way it's designed to when it comes to intimacy, arousal and orgasm. "Understood in this way, rape and sexual assault, with their attendant trauma, should be understood not just as a form of forced sex; they should also be understood as a form of injury to the brain and body, and even as a variant of castration." - Naomi Wolf.
If you have experienced this sort of trauma and are seeking more information or support, feel free to get in touch for some resources or come and have a Yoni Mapping Therapy session with me to work through it together.
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