Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling could practice more reading?

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling could practice more reading?

British writer J.K. Rowling has gained worldwide attention for the fantasy series Harry Potter, which is now the best-selling book series in history. However, a debate on Twitter regarding a comment she had made has given her some unnecessary negative attention.

J.K. Rowling read an article published by the New York Times that dwells on the topic of female orgasm.

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It starts with pondering by scientists about the history of female orgasm, venturing back in the days pre-dating human lineage.

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The study is prompted by an inquiry as to its necessity, specifically on why women have orgasm when it does not have any reproductive function. If it is not part of the process of becoming pregnant, then what is it there for? Is it not pointless?

According to a report by The Mirror, the author said, “Yes, the prospect of pushing an eight pound object out of your vagina should be more than enough incentive for sex.”

J.K. Rowling suggested the idea that the academics involved in the study may have forgotten one key aspect to the role of orgasm, and that’s for pleasure.

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Her public remark on Twitter quickly caught the attention of her followers. It got favorited in no less than 13,000 times, while another 4,000 of them copied it.

It looked as if the widely popular author got the upper hand in the debate for a while, except that the author of the article himself, Mr. Carl Zimmer criticized Rowling and said, “Obviously, you did not read my story” as reported by the Daily Mail.

Apparently, if J.K. had indeed followed through with the article she would have read the conclusion arrived at by the all-male team of scientists.

The conclusion states that the origin of female orgasm began 150 years ago, when females had it as a way to release eggs to be fertilized after sex, for ovulation and therefore necessary for pregnancy.

Dr. Mihaela Pavlicev, who worked on the research, took a swipe at the author with a touch of sarcasm by saying that actually reading the paper might help (at least prior to passing hasty judgments).

Dr. Pavlicev said of J.K Rowlings remarks, “Functions of the traits change in evolution and what may sound plausible opinion to us, including Miss Rowling, may not be what evolution is about.

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