Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the news again and this time it's not about cultural appropriation, Brexit or The Cursed Child. The author got slammed over an uninformed opinion about female orgasms.
Rowling has tweeted about a New York Times article last wednesday about female orgasms. The article was titled Scientists Ponder an Evolutionary Mystery: The Female Orgasm and talks about why the female orgams exists if it serves no real biological purpose.
The article points towards new research that points towards an evolution in ovulation in primates and that at one point in our evolutionary chart orgams were a way to trigger ovulation that would ensure reproduction.
JK Rowling, who has been known to be outspoken tweeted the article with the following quote "Yes, the prospect of pushing an 8 pound object out of your vagina should be more than enough incentive for sex".
Yes, the prospect of pushing an 8 pound object out of your vagina should be more than enough incentive for sex. https://t.co/UoEtPH3lRh — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 3, 2016
The tweet that was retweeted more than four thousand times and favourited more than 14 thousand times was slammed by one of the authors of the research paper Dr Mihaela Pavlicev. According to the Telegraph, Dr Pavlicev told the Press Association that Rowling should read the paper before commenting upon it.
"Our work is on the evolutionary origin of female orgasm, very much pre-dating 'the 8lb babies', and in fact pre-dating human lineage," said Dr Pavlicev.
"I think the opinion is not generated with very much thought, and I would suggest actually reading the paper might help" added the scientist.
But that wasn't the only criticism the British author received. Carl Zimmer, the author of the article in question also dismissed Rowling and reportedly said, “Obviously, you did not read my story”.