Human Nature

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 299–306

Female coital orgasm and male attractiveness

  • Todd K. Shackelford
  • Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
  • Gregory J. LeBlanc
  • April L. Bleske
  • Harald A. Euler
  • Sabine Hoier
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12110-000-1015-1

Cite this article as:
Shackelford, T.K., Weekes-Shackelford, V.A., LeBlanc, G.J. et al. Hum Nat (2000) 11: 299. doi:10.1007/s12110-000-1015-1

Abstract

Female coital orgasm may be an adaptation for preferentially retaining the sperm of males with “good genes.” One indicator of good genes may be physical attractiveness. Accordingly, R. Thornhill, S. W. Gangestad, and R. Comer (1995) found that women mated to more attractive men reported an orgasm during a greater proportion of copulations than did women mated to less attractive men. The current research replicates this finding, with several design variations. We collected self-report data from 388 women residing in the United States or in Germany. Results support the hypothesis that women mated to more attractive men are more likely to report an orgasm at the most recent copulation than are women mated to less attractive men, after statistically controlling for several key variables. Discussion addresses (a) the inability of the present research to specify the causal link between female orgasm and male attractiveness and (b) the proactive nature of female sexuality documented in recent research guided by an evolutionary perspective.

Key words

Evolutionary psychology Female coital orgasm Male attractiveness 

Copyright information

© Springer 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 3
  • Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
    • 3
  • Gregory J. LeBlanc
    • 3
  • April L. Bleske
    • 1
  • Harald A. Euler
    • 2
  • Sabine Hoier
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinUSA
  2. 2.University of KasselGermany
  3. 3.Division of Science—PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityDavie

Personalised recommendations