Homology, female orgasm and the forgotten argument of Donald Symons

Biology and Philosophy 28 (6):1021-1027 (2013)
Abstract
The ‘byproduct account’ of female orgasm, a subject of renewed debate since Lloyd (The case of the female orgasm, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2005), is universally attributed to Symons (The evolution of human sexuality, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979). While this is correct to the extent that he linked it to the adaptive value of male orgasm, I argue that the attribution of the theory as we understand it to Symons is based on a serious and hitherto unrecognised misinterpretation. Symons had a different explanation of why women can orgasm, and beneath this explanation lies an obscure line of argument, including a particularly obscure use of the word ‘homologous’
Keywords Homology  Byproduct  Female orgasm  Symons  Beach
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-013-9399-6
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