Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Evolutionary Psychology, and Morons.

Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.
They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.
“Women’s orgasm frequency increases with the income of their partner,” said Dr Thomas Pollet, the Newcastle University psychologist behind the research.
Or at least so a recent article that V.V.F linked to me seems to indicate. But wait! There's more!
He believes the phenomenon is an “evolutionary adaptation” that is hard-wired into women, driving them to select men on the basis of their perceived quality.
The study is certain to prove controversial, suggesting that women are inherently programmed to be gold-diggers... 
However, it fits into a wider body of research known as evolutionary psychology which suggests that both men and women are genetically predisposed to ruthlessly exploit each other to achieve the best chances of survival for their genes. 
The female orgasm is the focus of much research because it appears to have no reproductive purpose. Women can become pregnant whatever their pleasure levels.
Of course, all of the above is sheer idiocy. Nothing good ever comes out of Newcastle (proving Constantine right), and the reason I find myself intensely skeptical about "evolutionary psychology" is due to theories such as the above. The "question" of the female orgasm is stupid - the pleasure of orgasm is another reason women are drawn towards having sex naturally. The fact that they can become pregnant without achieving orgasm is beside the point. Secondarily, a higher ratio of orgasms amongst women who are financially well off fits easily into Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (someone who is say, starving, and constantly has to worry about survival probably doesn't put a lot of effort into achieving orgasm, nor would one imagine their partner find such a thing a primary concern. There are, of course, exceptions. But seriously...) and thus doesn't need further "solution". A first year psych student knows that shit.

Finally, suggesting that women "evolved" the female orgasm so that they could make their richer (since when did money have an evolutionary advantage?! Or anything to do with evolution?) partner feel more safe is... Uh...