A new study conducted by Pekka Santtila of Finland’s Abo Akedemi University and Brendan Zietsch of the University of Queensland sheds little light on whether or not there is an evolutionary reason behind female orgasm. The researchers claimed to have disproved the “byproduct theory” of female orgasm (the idea that women have orgasms for the same reason that men have nipples — similar genetic material) by studying the orgasmic habits of twins. It was determined that, while same sex twins reported similar frequency and quality of climax, male/female twins reported significant differences.

Researchers claim that, if simply being made up of the same stuff as men was the reason that women can get off, then reported orgasm frequency should be about equal in male/female sets of twins.

Um. Have these researchers ever been with a woman?

While biological factors (e.g. sensitivity of clitoral tissue) heavily influence a woman’s ease or difficulty in achieving orgasm, it has easily as much, if not more, to do with how well she knows her own body and how attentive/patient/awesome her partner is in the sack.

I’d like to have heard these interviews, because my suspicion is they weren’t very thorough. Important questions like “Yeah, but have you ever tried penetration from behind with a vibrator on your clitoris and someone whispering to you about how goddamn sexy you look right now?” probably didn’t make the cut. The point being, a woman might be as genetically predisposed toward having orgasms as her twin brother and just not getting the specific physical, psychological and emotional stimulation she needs to get there. I say that until we have a way of measuring all of these determinate factors we won’t know much about the big O.

In your face, Science.

[Wired]

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