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Female Orgasm Remains an Evolutionary Mystery

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After baffling biologists for decades, the female orgasm has resisted yet another attempt to explain its elusive evolutionary origins.

A survey of orgasmic function in thousands of twins found none of the statistical patterns expected if female orgasm is just a coincidental byproduct of natural selection on its male counterpart, as has been suggested.

“The evolutionary basis of human female orgasm has been subject to furious scientific debate, which has recently intensified,” wrote University of Queensland geneticist Brendan Zietsch and Pekka Santtila of Finland’s Abo Akedemi University in a Sept. 3 Animal Behavior article. “These results challenge the byproduct theory of female orgasm.”

While the male orgasm is, in evolutionary and practical terms, a fairly straightforward thing — it makes men want to have sex more often, thus continuing their lineage, and is achieved with ease — the female orgasm is a far trickier beast.

Unlike male orgasm, which is found across the primate spectrum, female orgasm has skipped some species. (Lady gibbons, for example, are out of luck.) In humans, men are far more likely to experience orgasm than women, of whom one in 10 don’t ever experience it.

That imbalance runs contrary to traditional explanations of female orgasm: that it strengthens bonds between mates and thus improves the care received by their children, or that the ability to elicit orgasm indicates a male’s virility, or that underlying physiological processes somehow improve reproductive success.

 

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Comment by ruthann lange
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What does this matter and __""WHY"" with all the Serious things going on in this Country and elsewhere--does this even show up on a "headline page"   Sigh---Incredible  "mind boggling:" insanity----"Reason" has definitely escaped Reality!! 

Comment by Anonymous
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An ovulating writer …? Americans are, according to this female pen-pusher, "a mindless and conscienceless patriotic mass thinking only of themselves …" Calling our men and women in uniform the world’s most effective "terrorists" is one of the most unpatriotic remarks I heard coming from an American ingrate who shows no feeling of gratitude for our soldiers who died so that she could enjoy her freedom to write.

This female’s nonsense rant against this nation’s remembrance of the 911 infamy is published in FP.com side by side with "Female Orgasm Remains an Evolutionary Mystery" [http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/096193-2011-09-09-female-orgasm-remains-an-evolutionary-mystery.htm].

Either the lady is faking orgasm -- in writing her ecstasy of blowing a viper’s kiss to our U.S. Armed Forces giving it a bad name, and worse, her orgasmic libeling of our troops as "terrorists" -- or she is just ovulating. This explains why to this day female organism remains an evolutionary mystery.

Comment by Anonymous
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Calling our men and women in uniform the world’s most effective "terrorists" is one of the most unpatriotic remarks I heard coming from an American ingrate who shows no feeling of gratitude for our soldiers who died so that she could enjoy her freedom to write.

This female’s nonsense rant against this nation’s remembrance of the 911 infamy is published in FP.com side by side with "Female Orgasm Remains an Evolutionary Mystery" [http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/096193-2011-09-09-female-orgasm-remains-an-evolutionary-mystery.htm].

Either the lady is faking orgasm -- in writing her ecstasy of blowing a viper’s kiss to our U.S. Armed Forces giving it a bad name, and worse, her orgasmic libeling of our troops as "terrorists" -- or she is just ovulating. This explains why to this day female organism remains an evolutionary mystery.


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