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Why did evolution make intercourse un-pleasurable for women?

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Why did evolution make intercourse un-pleasurable for women?

Postby vanizorc » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:06 pm

I've thought about this for a while. Why is it that penis-in-vagina intercourse is pleasurable for men, but not women? (In general, women do not orgasm from vaginal stimulation, and some don't even feel any pleasure from it at all.)

I would have thought that it would make more sense, from an evolutionary standpoint, to make coital sex enjoyable for *both* males and females, such that both men and women are equally motivated to desire and seek out intercourse in order to propagate their genes.
It's as if human evolution only programmed men to seek out intercourse to propagate their genes, not women (because by not deriving physical pleasure from the coital act, I don't see how ancient human females had any active desire to seek out intercourse. If there's no "reward" for them, they likely only waited around passively for human males to seek them out and mount them.)

Strange indeed.
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Postby JackBean » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:34 pm

Because women are in general "programmed" to have rather few offspring with favourable men (huge one egg vs. many tiny sperms etc.)
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Postby vanizorc » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:40 am

JackBean wrote:Because women are in general "programmed" to have rather few offspring with favourable men (huge one egg vs. many tiny sperms etc.)


So then it all comes down to a battle between the gametes? That is, it is only evolutionary favorable for men (smaller, more expendable and competitive gametes) to be the ones to actively seek out intercourse, while women (larger, more expensive gametes) -- being evolutionarily programmed to lie in wait and be selective of the males who court her -- do not have orgasm selected for them because it isn't necessary for them to be the ones seeking out sex?
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