[nfb-talk] Blindness Research
mabullis at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 2 14:25:28 CDT 2009
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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?
> 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?
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>>> ok, so what about blind women? *smile* How do we rate? and where can we
>>> these blind men that the article describes in such detail?
>>> Considering the date today, perhaps I can ask these questions again
>>> and get different answers...
>>> Meanwhile, you have my email addy...
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>>> Subject: [nfb-talk] Blindness Research
>>> Considering the date, this is well written.
>>> 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
>>> the man who created the modern reading system used by many blind people.
>>> Unfortunately, although blind people work and live normal lives, they
>>> still different in many ways and their experiences are a matter of
>>> amongst the sighted population. For most of us, the question, "What is
>>> 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
>>> study is sexuality among the blind. The story, goes that blind people
>>> incredible sexual partners--somehow being extremely sensitive to their
>>> partners and, being able to stimulate them far more than the average
>>> Masters and Johnson were so intrigued by this subject that they
>>> 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.
>>> results were stunning. On average, women rated their blind partners 9.1
>>> a scale of 10. The average rating was five for sighted partners.
>>> "This research has been duplicated several times," says Author Mary
>>> author of, 2008 best seller,
>>> Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. The data hasn't
>>> much attention because blindness is such a low incidence event. "We
>>> print things that have broad interest. And, even though this indicates
>>> blind people are incredibly sexual, there aren't really enough of them
>>> to go
>>> Comments from sighted partners were astounding. "He seemed like he knew
>>> soul," from a 23 year old female. "Her tongue knew just how to touch
>>> 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
>>> in this survey. It's not that he was built bigger than other men, it
>>> seemed like he touched me inside with it all over," she said with a shy
>>> When William Masters was asked, in a 1971 interview, why he didn't draw
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> used," was the most common thing reported. second, was the group who
>>> couldn't see themselves with a blind husband or wife. "They want to be
>>> us, but don't see us as fathers and mothers, for example," was often
>>> the third group were those who "get it" as one blind man put it. "They
>>> 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
>>> rationality. "I know that I shouldn't let blindness interfere with how
>>> think about my partner, but, I can't help it," said a young college
>>> engaged to a blind physicist working at NASA. "Yes, he has money, and
>>> he's sexy, and oh, my god, can he please me, if you know what I mean.
>>> hardest thing is getting over this image of him as a helpless blind man.
>>> sail, bike ride and horse back ride. I can't think of anything he can't
>>> 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
>>> mary is difficult.
>>> Chad, a young blind college student says he finds the whole sex thing a
>>> distracting. "Sure I can please women more than my sighted friends can,
>>> frankly, it's because they just don't pay attention to women and what
>>> bodies and hearts are saying. Women will tell you everything you need
>>> 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
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