Blow Your Mind: Evolution and the Orgasm Wars

BY Robert Lamb / POSTED October 11, 2011

What would aliens make of the human orgasm? Far more than a mere reproductive incentive, this intense neurological event stimulates human culture itself — yet science still hasn’t figured out exactly what the female orgasm is all about.

In this tasteful-but-fun episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I examine the two warring factions in the debate over female orgasm evolution. We cover a lot of ground, discussing all the various theories as well as a lot of wide-angle contemplation of la petite mort.

And as an aside, is this famous 1754 John Henry Fuseli painting “The Nightmare” really in exploration of the female orgasm?

Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Evolution and the Orgasm Wars

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