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Overview

When independent filmmaker Liz Canner landed an unusual assignment -- editing a stack of porn films into a "highlight reel" for a pharmaceutical company -- she found the inspiration for this project, a documentary on "female sexual dysfunction" and the business that has sprung up behind it. "Female sexual dysfunction" is roughly defined as a woman's lack of desire for sexual contact and/or her inability to have an orgasm, and after Viagra made treating male impotence into a growth industry, a number of pharmaceutical firms are working to formulate a similar drug for women. But is "female sexual dysfunction" a real medical condition? Research has determined that 70 percent of women don't regularly reach orgasm through intercourse (usually due to inattention by their partners), and a lack of enthusiasm for lovemaking can stem from anything from a bad day at work to a husband's bad breath. Are drug companies attempting to convince women they need treatment for a malady that doesn't actually exist? Orgasm, Inc. takes a look at the disinformation that has been spread about female sexuality through the ages up to the present day, including a woman who collects antique vibrators and turn-of-the-century literature on "female hysteria," as well as behind-the-scenes footage of researchers attempting to formulate a female orgasm in pill form. Orgasm, Inc. was an official selection at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
UPC: 0720229914727
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 79,747

Special Features

Bonus scenes; Take action ; Film facts with footnotes ; Director's statement and biography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charletta Participant
Leonore Tiefer Participant
Kim Wallen Participant
Ray Moynihan Participant
Susan Bennett Participant
Carol Queen Participant
Liz Canner Participant

Technical Credits
Liz Canner Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer
Jane Applegate Associate Producer
Alex Barnett Score Composer
Jay Beaudoin Animator
Julia Parker Benello Executive Producer
Sarah Zoe Canner Associate Producer
Sandra Christie Editor
Wendy Ettinger Executive Producer
Nicholas Fischer Animator
Don Glasgo Score Composer
Judith Helfand Executive Producer
Stephanie Olmanni Score Composer
Tom Paul Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Weiss Executive Producer
Jeremiah Zagar Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Orgasm Inc.
1. Introduction [4:33]
2. Clinical Trial Video [7:13]
3. Asking Questions [6:07]
4. Disease Mongering [5:56]
5. Who Defines Normal? [6:37]
6. Orgasmatron [14:04]
7. Direct to Consumer Ads [9:05]
8. Three Women [4:50]
9. Crashing the Conference [6:20]
10. Fda Hearing [14:06]

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