27 May 2005

Female orgasms

Mark Morford writes today about female orgasms. Sez that since they're evolutionarily unnecessary, they just might constitute proof of the existence of God.

It's an interesting point of view. And I hope it won't diminish the sense of mystery he creates in his article to offer another explanation from Stephen Jay Gould (I hope I get this right — I can't find this online, and my copy of the book is back in Seattle). In an essay titled "Male Nipples and Clitoral Ripples", he argues that the female orgasm exists for the same reason that male nipples do. That is, they're required in one sex, and it would be developmentally too difficult to delete them from the other.

Update: Heretical ideas weighs in on this hot issue.