Why Women Have Orgasms: An Evolutionary Analysis

@article{Puts2012WhyWH,
  title={Why Women Have Orgasms: An Evolutionary Analysis},
  author={David A. Puts and Khytam Dawood and Lisa L. M. Welling},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  year={2012},
  volume={41},
  pages={1127-1143}
}
Whether women’s orgasm is an adaptation is arguably the most contentious question in the study of the evolution of human sexuality. Indeed, this question is a veritable litmus test for adaptationism, separating those profoundly impressed with the pervasive and myriad correspondences between organisms’ phenotypes and their conditions of life from those who apply the “onerous concept” of adaptation with more caution, skepticism or suspicion. Yet, the adaptedness of female orgasm is a question… Expand
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