New Researched Has Surfaced On The Female Orgasm
The female orgasm has baffled many for years. For decades, psychologists, sexual behaviorists, and evolutionary biologists have tried to determine exactly what purpose it serves besides pleasure. Researchers have came up with some theories about this phenomenon and are confident that it has (or had) some evolutionary advantage.
The “good gene” hypothesis says that a female orgasm is a form of sexual selection, almost like natural selection. It states that women have orgasms when mating with someone who they subconsciously think exhibits indicators of good genes, which spells increased health in potential offspring.
As you may have guessed, the most efficient identifier of good genes is attractiveness. In the past, scientists have tried through surveys to sketch an objective composite of this “good gene” guyto better understand the traits that women are unconsciously looking for.
That was then, this is now. Researchers at Michigan’s Oakland University have recently discovered that the likelihood of a woman having an orgasm during sex has less to do with how closely their partner resembles this attractive “good gene” archetype, and more to do with how attractive they think their partner is.
The lead researcher, Yael Sela, calls this new hypothesis “Sexy Son Theory”. It states that the female orgasm functions less to select traits for survival, but more for reproductive success.
“By choosing a sire for offspring that is sexy, the female can pass along whatever that trait is that females in general find sexy to the son, and then the son will be attractive to others in turn.”
One example of this can be found in nature. The female peacocks are not subconsciously drawn to big, colorful tails because of their survival benefits but instead for their sexual appeal. By reproducing with someone who they find sexy, they are increasing the likelihood that her son(s) will be sexy, and thus attractive to other females, keeping an on-going cycle.
They reached this conclusion by looking at the relationship between female orgasms and a woman’s perceived attractiveness of her partner. They asked women who were in long term heterosexual relationships if they had reached an orgasm during last copulation. What they found is that the women who experienced orgasms during their last sexual experience were both more likely to think that their partner is attractive, and to think that other women find their partner attractive.
What women think other women think about her partner is IMPORTANT. Sela says. “It’s not enough that just one woman finds her guy attractive, because that wouldn’t increase the likelihood of her son being attractive to a lot of women. It’s the social information about the perceptions of other women.”
Source: PS Mag