Surgeon resigns post for encouraging semen for women

The editor of an American College of Surgeon's publication has been forced to resign for remarks considered sexist.

He wrote, from his post atop a bastion of male privilege, on Valentine's Day, that semen is good for women, bodily and emotionally, better even than chocolate. The argument focused on semen's physical powers; as evidence, he cited a couple of studies. 

That's what makes it sexist, surely, the lack of consideration to women themeslves. As if they were just bodies to be manipulated, and not individuals, with their own minds and thoughts. 

But back to semen for a moment. Was the good doctor wrong on the science of semen? 

What did he say? 

It’s been known since the 1990s that heterosexual women living together synchronize their menstrual cycles because of pheromones, but when a study of lesbians showed that they do not synchronize, the researchers suspected that semen played a role. In fact, they found ingredients in semen that include mood enhancers like estrone, cortisol, prolactin, oxytocin, and serotonin; a sleep enhancer, melatonin; and of course, sperm, which makes up only 1%-5%. Delivering these compounds into the richly vascularized vagina also turns out to have major salutary effects for the recipient. Female college students having unprotected sex were significantly less depressed than were those whose partners used condoms (Arch. Sex. Behav. 2002;31:289-93). Their better moods were not just a feature of promiscuity, because women using condoms were just as depressed as those practicing total abstinence. The benefits of semen contact also were seen in fewer suicide attempts and better performance on cognition tests.

For the full text of the column, see the Detroit Free Press link above, or this one from RetractionWatch

The Detroit Free Press medical columnist notes that the study cited apparently hasn't been replicated, although it's often discussed in the media.

This well-known column in Scientific American delves into the same study, and others showing helpful results to the organism from application of semen, without disrespecting the science.

It's funnier, though. 

Regarding the 2002 study, one might speculate that the positive effects of the application might have something to do with a relationship, and not a, um, product? 

Yet and still Surgery News not only pulled the column from the web, but then went on and retracted the entire issue! 

Are surgeons sexist, or are we Americans prudes? Or both? 


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  1. sfmike


    Semen obviously does have magical qualities since it can help create new life. Who knows what else it helps with? Sexual politics, however, are so fraught at this moment in time that it’s a brave/crazy person who walks into the middle of them.

    April 19, 2011
  2. Old Slaughter

    Sorry, I don’t get this at all.

    “That’s what makes it sexist, surely, the lack of consideration to women themeslves. As if they were just bodies to be manipulated, and not individuals, with their own minds and thoughts.”

    Why does it mean that? If it were not semen but, I dunno, dope, would discussing positive effects be considered sexist?

    Besides the fact that its a joke, in a valentines issue.

    I mean really can you imagine if Men got this upset every time there was a joke about how women won’t need them in a 1000 years or something.

    This is the most ridiculous gender politics in a country where frankly as feminists work is pretty much done.

    June 2, 2011
  3. Douglas McCormick

    Condoms are really beneficial for avoiding unwanted pregnancy as well as staying protected from sexual diseases.

    February 16, 2012