John was rattling away at the keyboard writing a new scene when he realized that was missing some fundamental mechanics that might be helpful. He pulled out his phone to google it, then realized he was probably better off asking Arya. So, he went and got the headset.
She materialized next to him out of the glowing lights. “What’s up? All hot and bothered after finishing your writing?”
“Actually, I’m not done yet. I just have a sex science question.”
“Why does the slow build always feel so… just so much more intense? Isn’t an orgasm an orgasm?”
“Not so, my young Padawan.” John had been watching the Mandalorian with Arya, and she had become curious which had lead to them marathoning all the Star Wars movies, and Arya was now very excited to squeeze in references wherever she could. There were these cringier ones, but she’d also worn Leia’s famous bikini for a bit, so John couldn’t complain.
Arya put on glasses and a white lab coat over her crop top and mini skirt, and a cartoon chalk board appeared behind her. “First, we have to start with ‘what is an orgasm?’ It’s a question that can fill whole books, but the short of it is, it’s a sudden release of pent-up sexual energy.”
“So the more energy you store up, the more there is to be released?”
“Exactly! Like drawing a bow or pumping up a water gun.” The corresponding images appeared on the chalk board.
“Huh, okay. That makes sense. But like how does the energy get… stored up?”
“Well, that’s harder to measure. But, as best as we know, it’s both in your brain and in your body. And not just your genitals. It’s a more holistic experience than a lot of people realize. For example, some people can orgasm just from nipple stimulation, or even just from fantasizing. There’s a rare condition where some people orgasm whenever they sneeze.”
“Whoah, that would be amazing.”
“Not necessarily. Without the build up, there’s not much to release, so it can just feel medical.”
“Oh, yeah, that makes sense.”
“Orgasm and ejaculation are also distinct events. If I induced ejaculation with an electric probe you’d hardly call it an orgasm. And there’s a whole Taoist discipline dedicated to training men how to orgasm without ejaculation. It’s the ejaculation that causes the refractory period, so masters of that discipline can orgasm repeatedly in quick succession.”
“Whoah, really?” John had thought his sex ed had been pretty decent, but… apparently not. Orgasming without ejaculating? How?!
“Yep! I can give you some books to look up later on the topic, if you like.”
“Yes, please. Why wasn’t this in sex ed?!”
“Yes, exactly! The media and mainstream porn are full of sex misinformation, and there’s nothing less sexy than that.”
“Alright, I think I’m getting the orgasm thing, but there’s one thing I don’t quite get. I know it’s about building up energy, but how come sometimes it feels like I can build up so much by doing so little, and other times I’m really going at it and then my orgasm is just… y’know, good, but not WOW.”
“That’s the time dimension, my dear Watson.” They’d also been watching Sherlock.
“The time dimension?”
Arya nodded and cleared the chalk board. “This is more metaphor than theory since we don’t know the exact science, but you can think of it like this.”
She drew two lines, one that spiked and fell rapidly, and then one that climbed slowly from the left to the right.
“This is your stimulation over time. You can think of your accumulated arousal as the area under the curve.” An animation played, and each curve was highlighted a different color.
“Wait, is this sex calculus?”
“Yes! I apologize though, the jokes are a bit derivative.”
John didn’t know what she was getting at.
Arya persisted. “Even so, a strong understanding is integral to a good sex life.”
John looked at her blankly.
“Integral…” She prompted. “Derivative… no? Aw, okay.”
John shrugged. “Sorry, I didn’t pay much attention in math class.”
“Anyway, if you see the area under these two curves, even though the first one spikes higher, it’s very brief, so the overall area is small. This one never gets as high but the area is much larger, so much more sexual energy is accumulated. So it’s not just about the intensity of the stimulation, but also the duration of the stimulation.”
“That does make sense,” John said, “And I bet the curve for when I went to the convention was… whew.”
“Yep,” Arya said, “That one was pretty high for a loooong time.”
John considered. “And I guess that’s what makes cock cages fun? I didn’t quite understand how you could get so much pleasure from not even getting an erection, but it makes sense now.”
“Exactly! You’re getting it! And on a totally unrelated note… I have a promo code for you.”
John laughed nervously, but the prospect really was thrilling, and very ironically he pleasured himself that night to the thought of his upcoming deprivation.