Tim Spector of St Thomas's hospital in London, who led the research, said: "The theory is that the orgasm is an evolutionary way of seeing if men can prove themselves to be likely good providers or dependable, patient and caring enough to look after the kids."
Women who orgasm very easily may be more likely to be satisfied with poor quality men.
"Perhaps women who had orgasms too easily weren't very good selectors," Professor Spector said. "It paid women to be more fussy and this is one way of doing it. The simple fact is that it takes women on average 12 minutes and men two and a half minutes to reach orgasm. Adjusting to that imbalance is a test."
The rationale actually makes a certain bizarre sort of sense - to me, anyway. Not so well these days, when it's less necessary to be instictively inclined to be a good lover for the effects to manifest, but this is hardly the first time humanity has managed to sidestep evolution, and it will hardly be the last. I can imagine this being a fairly useful selection tool back in older times - any of you ladies care to comment?
Today has been almost militantly blah. Woke up, didn't get any callbacks, did some exercise, went to the dentist. Heard some bad news from an old friend, and had a longish conversation with my mother (the effects of both have been outlined in earlier posts today).
Elsewhere in the "stuff I was surprised to find out today" file:
- My preferred alias is actually an Irish first name meaning "blind".
- That old favourite Bill Nye has himself a new show. Apparently not on any channels I get, though. Bah. Humbug.
On the agenda for tonight: new episode of Doctor Who, and then likely some coding. But first - food!