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Partner wealth predicts self-reported orgasm frequency in a sample of Chinese women

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Pollet, Professor Daniel Nettle

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Abstract

There has been considerable speculation about the adaptive significance of the human female orgasm, with one hypothesis being that it promotes differential affiliation or conception with high-quality males. We investigated the relationship between women's self-reported orgasm frequency and the characteristics of their partners in a large representative sample from the Chinese Health and Family Life Survey. We found that women report more frequent orgasms the higher their partner's income is. This result cannot be explained by possible confounds such as women's age, health, happiness, educational attainment, relationship duration, wealth difference between the partners, difference between the partners in educational attainment, and regional location. It appears consistent with the view that female orgasm has an evolved adaptive function. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Author(s): Pollet TV, Nettle D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Evolution and Human Behavior

Year: 2009

Volume: 30

Issue: 2

Pages: 146-151

ISSN (print): 1090-5138

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Publisher: Elsevier Inc.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2008.11.002

DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2008.11.002


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