Pleasure Seekers – The Orgasm Gap

Samantha Berlanga | United States | 2022 | 12:01 mins



Pleasure Seekers Synopsis

95% of Heterosexual men usually or always orgasm during partnered sexual activity compared to just 65% of heterosexual women. Filmmaker Samantha Berlanga sits down with fellow vulva owners, sexologist Dr. Carol Queen and even HER MOM for some real talk about the clitoral orgasm gap!




About the Filmmakers

Samantha Berlanga (she/they) is a Latina independent filmmaker from Queens, New York currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her films explore gender and sexuality under a queer lens. Sammy’s project- Pleasure Seekers works to create accessibility in comprehensive consent based sex education and to de-stigmatize pleasure. The film was featured in Sex Education Film Festival 2023 and Cherry Pop Film Festival 2023. Other films of hers have been featured in both international and local film festivals such as Drunken Film Fest, Timeless Film Festival, Golden Short Film Festival, Bay Area Student Shorts, and Beyond The Curve.


More From the Filmmakers

Audre Lorde said, “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings. For the demands of our released expectations lead us inevitably into actions which will help bring our lives into accordance with our needs, our knowledge, our desires. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, and leads us to settle for or accept many facets of our oppression as women.”

The journey in reclaiming our personal power as women is resistance against a patriarchal apparatus that seeks to profit over the hyper-sexualization and commodification of femme bodies. To rebel against gender norms and to fully embody our sexual desires becomes revolutionary as we re-imagine systems where there is a place for pleasure. If this film is both informative and true to the kind of voice women want to see in the media I will have felt successful. We hope this film is a part of a collection of feminist voices in a new wave of media that liberates women.

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