The Orgasm Debates: How Biases Lead Us Astray

  • October 12, 2015 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Laboratory Sciences Bldg, Room 300

For decades, scientists have disagreed over the evolutionary purpose of the female orgasm. Because women don’t need to achieve orgasm to conceive, it doesn’t have the same adaptive significance as the male orgasm, which must occur for reproduction. Weighing in on this biological puzzle, evolutionary biologist and historian of science Elisabeth Lloyd, in her book, The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution, examines the existing theories from an objective perspective and presents an argument for the unpopular but scientifically solid theory that the female orgasm has no evolutionary purpose.

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