[nfb-talk] Blindness Research

Michael Bullis mabullis at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 2 14:25:28 CDT 2009


April Fools.
Mike
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From: "Joel Zimba" <jzimba at cavtel.net>
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> Well, the article did quote a man talking about his lady friend.  So 
> presumably women are equally gifted.  This of course means that the gauge 
> is reset for you v/v blind guys.
>
> I tried to find this article posted online somewhere.  google didn't help. 
> any help would be appreciated.
>
> I think I will make it my new Match.com profile.
>
> Incidentally, they need better editorial staff.  They used the word 
> "excepted" when they meant "accepted".   Where are the standards?
>
> Joel
>
>
>
>
> On 4/1/2009 4:52 PM, Sherri wrote:
>> That's my question too. Being a blind gal, where can I find these amazing 
>> blind guys?
>> Sherri
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>>
>>> ok, so what about blind women? *smile* How do we rate? and where can we 
>>> find
>>> these blind men that the article describes in such detail?
>>> Considering the date today, perhaps I can ask these questions again 
>>> tomorrow
>>> and get different answers...
>>> Meanwhile, you have my email addy...
>>> --le
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Bullis" 
>>> <mabullis at hotmail.com>
>>> To: "'NFB Talk Mailing List'" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:32 AM
>>> Subject: [nfb-talk] Blindness Research
>>>
>>>
>>> Considering the date, this is well written.
>>> Mike
>>> Blindness and Sexuality:
>>> Researching Myths and Facts
>>> Summary Report:
>>> Distributed by:
>>> National Data Distribution Center (NDDC)
>>> April 1, 2009
>>> Atlanta Georgia
>>>
>>> The two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille is being
>>> celebrated by the US mint with the production of a silver coin 
>>> commemorating
>>> the man who created the modern reading system used by many blind people.
>>> Unfortunately, although blind people work and live normal lives, they 
>>> are
>>> still different in many ways and their experiences are a matter of 
>>> curiosity
>>> amongst the sighted population.  For most of us, the question, "What is 
>>> it
>>> like to be blind?," has entered our minds more than once.
>>>
>>> Research, some of it useful and much of it not, about how people who are
>>> blind perceive the world, abounds.  One of the more interesting topics 
>>> of
>>> study is sexuality among the blind.  The story, goes that blind people 
>>> are
>>> incredible sexual partners--somehow being extremely sensitive to their
>>> partners and, being able to stimulate them far more than the average 
>>> person.
>>>
>>>
>>> Masters and Johnson were so intrigued by this subject that they 
>>> collected
>>> data over several years from those who had had sex with blind people.
>>> Surprisingly, what they thought would be myths, turned out to be true. 
>>> The
>>> results were stunning.  On average, women rated their blind partners 9.1 
>>> on
>>> a scale of 10.  The average rating was five for sighted partners.
>>>
>>> "This research has been duplicated several times," says Author Mary 
>>> Roach,
>>> author of, 2008 best seller,
>>> Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.  The data hasn't 
>>> attracted
>>> much attention because blindness is such a low incidence event.  "We 
>>> usually
>>> print things that have broad interest.  And, even though this indicates 
>>> that
>>> blind people are incredibly sexual, there aren't really enough of them 
>>> to go
>>> around."
>>>
>>> Comments from sighted partners were astounding.  "He seemed like he knew 
>>> my
>>> soul," from a 23 year old female.  "Her tongue knew just how to touch 
>>> every
>>> part of me if you know what I mean," from a college male.  One woman
>>> commented, "The things he could do with his fingers were beyond 
>>> description
>>> in this survey.  It's not that he was built bigger than other men, it 
>>> just
>>> seemed like he touched me inside with it all over,"  she said with a shy
>>> smile.
>>>
>>> When William Masters was asked, in a 1971 interview, why he didn't draw 
>>> more
>>> attention to these findings he said, "I didn't know anything about
>>> blindness.  We were publishing information of general interest about
>>> sexuality and this just didn't fit that mold.  Perhaps some day 
>>> researchers
>>> will help us understand why blind people have such incredible sexual
>>> capacities and we'll be able to use that information to increase the
>>> abilities of others.  Until then, a very few lucky men and women will
>>> experience the phenomena of sex with a blind person."
>>>
>>> There is a down side to this research.  When interviewed, blind people
>>> generally expressed frustration about sexuality.  Broadly speaking, they
>>> divided sighted people into three groups.  First is the group who simply
>>> want to have sex with them for the thrill and experience of it.  "We 
>>> feel
>>> used," was the most common thing reported.  second, was the group who 
>>> simply
>>> couldn't see themselves with a blind husband or wife.  "They want to be 
>>> with
>>> us, but don't see us as fathers and mothers, for example,"  was often 
>>> heard.
>>> the third group were those who "get it" as one blind man put it.  "They 
>>> can
>>> see beyond blindness and except us for who we are.  Blindness just fades
>>> into the background and becomes another characteristic."
>>>
>>> The sad truth is that although blind people work, raise families, travel
>>> independently and generally speaking, live normal lives, the public
>>> perception is the opposite.  The image of the helpless beggar still 
>>> lurks in
>>> our minds.  Sighted people report that the fear of blindness overwelms 
>>> their
>>> rationality.  "I know that I shouldn't let blindness interfere with how 
>>> I
>>> think about my partner, but, I can't help it," said a young college 
>>> student
>>> engaged to a blind physicist working at NASA.  "Yes, he has money, and 
>>> yes,
>>> he's sexy, and oh, my god, can he please me, if you know what I mean. 
>>> The
>>> hardest thing is getting over this image of him as a helpless blind man. 
>>> We
>>> sail, bike ride and horse back ride.  I can't think of anything he can't 
>>> do
>>> except drive, but, I'll admit, the image of a helpless blind man still
>>> haunts me.  People look at him with such pity and I just want to scream,
>>> "You don't get it you fools.""  But she admits that making the decision 
>>> to
>>> mary is difficult.
>>>
>>> Chad, a young blind college student says he finds the whole sex thing a 
>>> bit
>>> distracting.  "Sure I can please women more than my sighted friends can, 
>>> and
>>> frankly, it's because they just don't pay attention to women and what 
>>> their
>>> bodies and hearts are saying.  Women will tell you everything you need 
>>> to
>>> know if you just listen and feel."
>>>
>>> We give you all of this information with the caviat that perhaps only 
>>> one in
>>> six thousand people is an eligible blind man or woman, so, happy 
>>> searching.
>>>
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