Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Male Qualities and Likelihood of Orgasm

  • James M. SherlockEmail author
  • Morgan J. Sidari
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_278-1



Male traits and sexual behaviors that predict the likelihood of female orgasm.


In contrast to male orgasm, the female orgasm is enormously variable in frequency during penetrative sex. While men almost always ejaculate during penile-vaginal intercourse, women orgasm far less frequently from penetrative sex alone and experience significant variation in orgasm frequency with different partners (Lloyd 2005). While variation in women’s orgasm frequency is poorly understood, evolutionary psychology tends to view variation in behavior as adaptive and responsive to environmental conditions.

Current evolutionary theories regarding the female orgasm can be broadly divided into two positions: those that focus on selection on male sexual function and those that focus on selection on female...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tara DeLecce
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochester HillsUSA