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Scientists don’t understand why the female orgasm exists

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Amelie

Oh, scientists. They only just located the clitoris, and now they're telling us they still don't really get why ladies and not just men are able to orgasm. The problem isn't that scientists don't think ladies is pimps, too, but that there's no apparent evolutionary reason for women to achieve orgasm, unlike men, whose reasons are pretty obvious. According to researchers:

"[I]f female orgasms are an important evolutionary adaptation, they should be easier to attain. Also perplexing is that many women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm, not penetrative action. If female orgasms were meant to encourage sex, the opposite ought to be true."

This is actually a good point (seriously, shouldn't it be easier?), and has led some to theorize that the female ability to orgasm is basically a fun coincidence that happened because we "share biology with men." Seems like a reasonable answer, no? Yes, except that studies of opposite-sex twins indicate differing "orgasmic function […] though both share the same amount of genetic material," meaning that the correlation isn't quite so simple.

And thus, the female orgasm continues taunting science with its sphinx-like riddles, while everyone else pretty much just enjoys it.