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The case of the female orgasm : bias in the science of evolution

Author: Elisabeth Anne Lloyd
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
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"Why women evolved to have orgasms - when most of their primate relatives don't - is a persistent mystery among evolutionary biologists. In pursuing this mystery, Elisabeth Lloyd arrives at another: How could anything as inadequate as the evolutionary explanations of the female orgasm have passed muster as science? A judicious and revealing look at all twenty-one evolutionary accounts of the trait of human female
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth Anne Lloyd
ISBN: 0674017064 9780674017061 9780674022461 0674022467
OCLC Number: 56671859
Description: 311 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The basics of female orgasm --
Pair-bond accounts of female orgasm --
Further evolutionary accounts of female orgasm --
The byproduct account --
Warring approaches to adaptation --
Sperm-competition accounts --
Bias.
Responsibility: Elisabeth A. Lloyd.
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Lloyd summarizes dozens of evolutionary accounts of the female orgasm--and knocks them all down. Like [Stephen Jay] Gould, she thinks the female orgasm is purposeless; which is not to say Read more...

 
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