From Monkey Facts to Human Ideologies: Theorizing Female Orgasm in Human and Nonhuman Primates, 1967–1983

  title={From Monkey Facts to Human Ideologies: Theorizing Female Orgasm in Human and Nonhuman Primates, 1967–1983},
  author={Jocelyn Bosley},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={647 - 671}
  • J. Bosley
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
This article seeks to elucidate the content and implications of two debates that grew up around female orgasm in the 1970s, under the aegis of feminist science and of feminist politics, respectively. The scientific controversy began when a cadre of self‐proclaimed feminist primatologists led by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy insisted, against an overwhelmingly male anthropological consensus, that female orgasm was both present and evolutionarily efficacious in nonhuman primates. This dispute has received… 
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