Why do we orgasm at all?
Scientific study of the orgasm has revealed some fascinating results, as seen in Mary Roach’s TEDTalk. Her presentation is informative, titillating and to some perhaps scandalous. As a scientist who specializes in the study of sexual behavior, I especially appreciated her talk. But what drew me to science is my constant need to ask ‘why’. Why do people behave the way they do? What is the purpose or design in an anatomical or behavioral trait? Regarding orgasm, readers may be surprised to learn this is a hot debate.