That "there were men all over the place" (Zola 1992, 389) in Nana's house suggests that she might have lost her capacity to reach sexual climax, since women who are nonorgasmic
are more likely to be insatiable.
The study involved 98 women, average age 37, who were talking antidepressants, which can render the most passionate lovers nonorgasmic
. Some 72% of those taking Viagra reported improved sexual response, compared with 27% of those taking a placebo.
Women who appeared incapable of sexual climax were described as emotionally and psychologically deficient; frigidity, prudishness, and neurosis became the operating words to describe the nonorgasmic
There are also detailed accounts of her various lovers, including Carly (who was nonorgasmic
and called Reaver "Snuggies"), Priscilla (the vegetarian who hated vegetables) and the enigmatic Bonnie (who rejected Reaver's story idea for a gay-themed episode of a popular television show).
Some people have taken these ideas to an extreme and will have intercourse with a nonorgasmic
woman to show her that she can respond.
Other factors, such as length of foreplay, encouragement of partner, technique, and the presence of medications are additional issues to be evaluated in nonorgasmic
These researchers did not include nonorgasmic
women in their analysis.