A feminist retreat in San Francisco

An interesting report  from the New York Times.

The retreat is the  One Taste Urban Retreat.  “One Taste is but the latest stop on [the San Francisco] sexual underground, weaving together strands of radical individual freedom, Eastern spirituality and feminism.”

Their distinctive practice?

At 7 a.m. each day… the women, naked from the waist down, lie with eyes closed in a velvet-curtained room, while clothed men huddle over them, stroking them in a ritual known as orgasmic meditation — “OMing,” for short. The couples, who may or may not be romantically involved, call one another “research partners.”


“The notion of a San Francisco sex commune focused on female orgasm is part of a long and rich history of women being public and empowered about their sexuality,” said Elizabeth A. Armstrong, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, who has studied San Francisco’s sexual subcultures.

3 thoughts on “A feminist retreat in San Francisco

  1. yeah, that’s right. Long and rich history, at least since 1969. There is nothing new under the sun. Kinda shame the NYT glossed over this, these folks are just the latest, and with a spiritual spin. Their teachers & etc. are all still around in the bay area.

  2. They never say where they are stroking the women, I would imagine this would be in her general genital region. What is Oming – deliberate orgasm really? Aren’t all orgasms deliberate?

  3. its clitoral stimulation with concentrated attention. [And lubricant.]

    ‘deliberate orgasm’ is someone’s branding.

    It was originally called ‘doing’ – two people agreeing to put both their attention 100% on one of them for some period of time. Then another group rebranded “doing” as “DOing” (“deliberate orgasm”-ing), then OneTaste changed the name and added the concept of ‘mindfulness’ instead of the concept of ‘attention’ to add a spiritual aspect.

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