Homology, female orgasm and the forgotten argument of Donald Symons

@article{Lee2013HomologyFO,
  title={Homology, female orgasm and the forgotten argument of Donald Symons},
  author={Dean J. Lee},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  year={2013},
  volume={28},
  pages={1021-1027}
}
  • Dean J. Lee
  • Published 20 September 2013
  • Psychology
  • Biology & Philosophy
The ‘byproduct account’ of female orgasm, a subject of renewed debate since Lloyd (The case of the female orgasm, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2005), is universally attributed to Symons (The evolution of human sexuality, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979). While this is correct to the extent that he linked it to the adaptive value of male orgasm, I argue that the attribution of the theory as we understand it to Symons is based on a serious and hitherto unrecognised misinterpretation… 

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