Wednesday, February 6, 2008

high heels may improve your sex life?

Wearing higher heels - although perhaps not stilettos - may improve your pelvic floor muscles and in doing so boost your sex life, a study suggests.

...The pelvic floor muscles are an essential component of the female body. As well as assisting sexual performance and satisfaction, they provide vital support to the pelvic organs, which include the bladder, bowels and uterus.

"Women often have difficulty in carrying out the right exercises for the pelvic zone and wearing heels could be the solution," she said.

"Like many women, I like high-heeled shoes," she added. "It's good to know they have potential health benefits."

Apparently optimal height is 2 inches.

While I have internalized gendered relations of power to the extent that I myself love heels (despite my knee condition, sway back, shortened Achilles tendon, et cetera) --let's get real. There is an undeniable sexist component to the fact that idealized and culturally praised female footwear is a) much higher than two inches, b) subjects the wearer to pain, discomfort, or future discomfort, and b) the wearer finds this all very worth the joy of looking "great."

Can't help but think of Marilyn Frye and the whole we-contribute-to-our-own-erasure.

Why? Because women always need either implicit or explicit sex appeal to access social privilege/cultural praise.

And for some of us, this feels highly redeeming and very much worth it. I happen to be in that "some of us" group. Although I will say, if you know how to shop, you can get some damn comfortable heels.


Anonymous said...

What about - women who are wearing high heels are also probably having more sex than those other, less fashionable ladies, and therefore would already have stronger pelvic floor muscles.

Vanessa said...

I don't think that we can make assumptions about people based on wardrobe.