The Gist: Maria Konnikova on the two types of female orgasms known to science.

Are There Different Types of Female Orgasms? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Are There Different Types of Female Orgasms? Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Sept. 9 2015 9:06 PM

Yes! Oh God!! Yesss!!!

Why is Cosmo our main source of information about the female orgasm? Maria Konnikova sorts through a dearth of research.

We’ll talk about what she’s having.

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Listen to Episode 333 of Slate’s The Gist:


Why is the female orgasm notoriously difficult to study? On The Gist, guest host Andrea Silenzi avoids tarnishing her browser history by asking Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker about new research into the effects of la petite mort on the brain. For the Spiel, the one thing over-the-air radio has over podcasts—it looks good on TV.

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Andrea Silenzi is the senior producer of The Gist for Slate. She hosts the podcast Why Oh Why.