child_friendly Global Orgasm Day
Donna Sheehan in 2006
Paul Reffell in 2006
Global Orgasm Day is celebrated on the winter solstice, the day during the year with the longest night. It is also commonly celebrated on the summer solstice, which is the winter solstice of the Southern Hemisphere. First taking place in 2006, it was created by partners and anti-war activists Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell, who also have founded Baring Witness, which focused on protesting the second war in Iraq.
The aim of the day is to have an orgasm while thinking about world peace. The creators of the day believe that the energy from many people having an orgasm will bring a lessening of violence, hate, and fear, as positive vibes are sent across the globe. People in countries with weapons of mass destruction or a great deal of violence are especially urged to have an orgasm. Those who participate may try to have an orgasm right at the exact moment of the solstice, but any time during the 24 hour period is fine as well. The orgasm may be had alone or with a partner.
Orgasm, also known as a climax, is a moment of sudden, intense sexual pleasure. Pulse rate and blood pressure increases, and spasms in pelvic muscles cause contractions of the lower vagina in females, and in the urethra in males. Males also ejaculate semen. For most women, the clitoris may also need to be stimulated in order for orgasm to be achieved during intercourse. In general, it is more difficult for women to reach orgasm, and some women have never experienced an orgasm. Female orgasms are usually longer in duration than male orgasms, though. Females can also stay aroused longer, and while they can have successive orgasms, males must wait longer between having orgasms. Male orgasms also generally occur quicker. Orgasms are followed by the relaxation of sexual tension and muscles.
Orgasms are an experience of the body and mind, and they have many benefits. They release the pleasure hormone oxytocin from the brain. Also known as the "love hormone," it encourages human bonding. It—and thus orgasms—relieve stress and tension, and help with relaxation. This makes it seem more plausible that if everyone just had an orgasm, the world peace that Donna and Paul dreamed about could happen.
Orgasms release endorphins that may have a sedative effect, helping to stop insomnia. The oxytocin and endorphins that are released help to ease pain—from arthritis, surgery, and other ailments. Stimulation in the brain is brought by orgasms, as there is an increase in blood flow to them. Some studies suggest that steady orgasms may even help you live longer.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by having an orgasm. Orgasm on your own and with a partner. Think about world peace as you reach your orgasm, and direct the positive energy you feel towards that goal. You could plan to have your orgasm right at the solstice, but any time during the day is fine. Afterward, when you are out and about, give the "OK" sign and a wink to those you pass. It is now called the "O" sign for the day and is a way of letting others know you have participated in the day.