‘Genital/orgasm De-emphasis’ may increase relationship satisfaction

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Research by a grad student at Bowling Green State University attempted to investigate the effects of tantric-sex behavior (in non-tantric practitioners): "Development and Validation of a Tantric Sex Scale: Sexual-Mindfulness, Spiritual Purpose, and Genital/orgasm De-emphasis" (https://etd.ohiolink.edu/pg_10?0::NO:10:P10_ACCESSION_NUM:bgsu154203013060414).

Intriguingly, he discovered that ‘Genital/orgasm De-emphasis’ was associated with increased relationship satisfaction and mindfulness (though not associated with passion). I have full paper.


Although, as previously noted, the hypothesized Physical Techniques subscale of the TSS [Tantric Sex Scale] did not emerge as expected, a distinct Genital/orgasm De-emphasis scale did.

In terms of genital/orgasm De-emphasis, previous researchers have found that focusing less on achieving one’s intense pleasure of orgasm is beneficial for couples’ intimacy (Weiner & Avery-Clark, 2014). Master and Johnson’s (1970) sensate focused therapy begins with one partner caressing another’s body (avoiding the genitals) while the receiver is mindful of the sensations. This technique has been shown to be effective in increasing felt intimacy between the partners. Engaging in sex without attempting to pursue a pleasurable, climatic end has beneficial effects on the relationship. It is at least plausible that the obtained Genital/orgasm De-emphasis subscale taps into the methods of letting go of the desire to seek personal pleasure/orgasm during sex.


Three factors emerged from the factor analysis: sexual mindfulness, spiritual purpose, and genital/orgasm De-emphasis. Sexual mindfulness was predictive of relationship and sexual satisfaction amongst other good relational outcomes. Curiously, spiritual purpose was negatively related to relationship satisfaction but positively with sexual satisfaction. Genital/orgasm De-emphasis was related positively with relationship satisfaction. In total, researchers should continue to test whether different aspects of tantric sex are beneficial for couples in general and as a specific means of intervention in clinical settings.


Tantra is a religious tradition that holds sex as nourishing to the spiritual life. Within popular culture and scholarly works alike, there are reports claiming that tantric sex results in deepening intimacy, increasing sexual passion, and increasing relational and sexual satisfaction. To date, there is a complete absence of empirical research concerning the purported effects of tantric sex. Given the reported benefits associated with tantric sex, there is a basis for empirical inquiry. This study examined tantra empirically by developing, testing, and validating a brief measure of tantric sexual practice. Additionally, this work demonstrates how this measure of tantric sex might predict relevant outcomes such as relationship and sexual satisfaction. An exploratory factor analysis approach was used with a goal of reducing a large item bank (81 items) to a briefer, 25-item scale. Three subscales emerged: Sexual-mindfulness, Spiritual Purpose, and Genital/orgasm Overlook. Further hypothesis testing was conducted using both correlation and regression analyses. Sexual-mindfulness was associated with Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction in correlational and regression analysis. Spiritual Purpose was negatively associated with Relationship Satisfaction in correlational and regression analysis. Genital/orgasm Overlook was positively associated with Relationship Satisfaction in correlational and regression analysis. Implications of the results are discussed exploring possible implications for romantic relationships.


Did Mr. Gordon train non-Tantric couples in Tantric techniques, then measure changes in the couples’ perceptions after they implemented the Tantric techniques? Excellent work by him! Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Marnia!

Excellent Study!

Excellent work by the author, objectively measuring various (White) Tantra (and Karezza) techniques and attitudes with relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction in a large survey group. I look forward to seeing more work along these lines by the author, as the field is certainly ripe for research, given, as he notes, the lack of objective data around (White) Tantra/Karezza.

Yes, it's a start

Hope he chooses to submit it for publication, although the sexology journals are generally experts at shutting out any information that doesn't fit into their carefully crafted narrative about "healthy sexuality." Scary. And very unscientific.