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The quest for a Viagra for women is all part of a commodification of sex that is at odds with an intimate human freedom

Charletta adjusts the dial on the remote device that controls the electrodes surgically inserted into her spinal column. Her left leg begins to twitch alarmingly. Her inability to climax during sexual intercourse, to remedy which is why she is taking part in the clinical trial of the Orgasmatron, remains unmoved. "But it's useful if I want to kick someone in the ass," she observes.

Welcome to Orgasm Inc, which has its British premiere next week as part of the Bird's Eye View festival. It is a wry and unsqueamish piece of film-making by the American documentary-maker Liz Canner, who has spent the best part of the last decade charting charted the race to market the first medical cure for female sexual dysfunction (Fsd), and attempted to »

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