Our economy depends on a steady and ever increasing flow of consumer purchases. To drive that, marketers count on a reliable source of dissatisfaction to tap into; a sense of lack that they can appeal to with advertisements for their products. The underlying [subliminal] message is always the same: "you feel bad right now, but if you buy our product, you will feel great!" But what if you already feel great? Then this tactic won't work. It's marketing's worst nightmare to have consumers who are satisfied with life in general, and the sex they are getting in particular.
From my recent experiments with non-orgasmic sex, I'm tempted to view orgasm and its associated hangover as "the matrix" (think the 1999 movie) whose effects marketers can use to manipulate us. It reminds me of this quote from the movie:
The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. … That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.
For those who haven't experienced the difference between conventional fertilization-based sex and Karezza, that might sound like an extreme analogy, but based on the way orgasm changes my energy level, outlook, emotional state, availability for connection, satisfaction with my marriage, with life, etc. is so dramatic and essentially unconscious, I think the analogy fits.
Whether or not they are aware of it, I think that keeping people orgasming is one of the greatest tools for marketers in terms of maintaining a reliable source of dissatisfaction within the consumer base. Without that, there is nothing for them to manipulate. Even better, having an orgasm generates the desire for more orgasm! I wonder what would happen if Karezza begins to gain steam in the mainstream. Would there be a conscious effort by big business to supress it in the media? And what about other "industries" that depend on marital disharmony, like divorce lawyers, weddings, etc. If 50% of marriages end in divorce, that's a lot of business! And the porn industry would be hit hard (no pun intended).
It's possible that orgasmic sex is so much the norm that marketers aren't yet aware of and consciously exploiting this phenomenon. But I wouldn't rule it out either as marketers are much more sophisticated behind the scenes (in terms of how much data they collect and how they use it) than most of us suspect; don't mind the man behind the curtain...