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Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

New Science on Female Orgasm

An article in today's Science section of the New York Times discusssing Elisabeth Lloyd's new study demonstrating the female orgasm doesn't really serve any evolutionary function provides an interesting read.  According to the article,

Evolutionary scientists have never had difficulty explaining the male orgasm,   closely tied as it is to reproduction.

But the Darwinian logic behind the female orgasm has remained elusive. Women can have sexual intercourse and even become pregnant - doing their part for the perpetuation of the species - without experiencing orgasm. So what is its evolutionary purpose?

Over the last four decades, scientists have come up with a variety of theories, arguing, for example, that orgasm encourages women to have sex and, therefore, reproduce or that it leads women to favor stronger and healthier men, maximizing their offspring's chances of survival.

But in a new book, Dr. Elisabeth A. Lloyd, a philosopher of science and professor of biology at Indiana University, takes on 20 leading theories and finds them wanting. The female orgasm, she argues in the book, "The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution," has no evolutionary function at all.  . .  .  .  .

The female orgasm, she said, "is for fun."

Wow!  No wonder people are attacking Darwin and his theory of evolution --- women have sex for fun!!   Certainly this is more controversial than our close genetic relationship with primates.  [bm]

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