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2005-05-17 20:28:27 (UTC)

Brazilian Town Declares Orgasm Day ~ News Article

Monday, May 9, 2005

(05-09) 18:50 PDT RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) --

Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's conservative
Northeast — until a small town declared an official Orgasm
Day on Monday.

Espertantina Mayor Felipe Santolia endorsed the May 9
holiday, which he said was intended to improve
relationships between married couples.

"We're celebrating orgasm in all its senses. There's even
a panel discussion on premature ejaculation. But from what
I've seen, women have more trouble achieving orgasm than
men, especially in marriage," Santolia said by telephone
from Esperantina, 1,300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.

Santolia said the remote town of 38,000 people has been
unofficially celebrating orgasm day for years, but that
the town's former mayor had vetoed a bill making it an
official municipal holiday.

The city council passed a law Saturday creating the
holiday. Santolia, who took office earlier this year, said
he would sign the bill later Monday.

"I'm 32, single and I have an open mind. Beside the theme
is very much of the moment," he said.

Orgasm Day celebrations include a series of panel
discussions by sexologists from across Brazil and a
presentation of Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues."

Santolia said the idea of celebrating Orgasm Day at first
created a scandal in this poor region, known for its
religious fervor. But he said residents gradually
residents warmed to the idea.

"I've seen scientific studies that show when a woman is
unloved, when her husband can bring her to orgasm, it
affects all aspects of her life, her relationships with
her children, at home, with the city and at work,"
Santolia said.