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    The Science Of Sex
    By Heidi Henderson | June 24th 2009 02:01 AM | 7 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Thinking of heading down to the Ms. Adrenaline Swimsuit Competition? Not surprising.  Sex attracts and naked bodies flaunted for all to see, attract even more. Researchers from four universities across the US and Canada prodded into our sexual habits to answer the question of what characteristics attract us to our mates. The results were published in the journal Personality And Individual Differences, with a trend line showing those with hard bodies, a curvy waist-hip ratio and strong chin lines tend to be better in bed but perhaps more apt to cheat.

    Nothng wrong with a hottie sporting a small bikini and large chin, you say. Well, that may be because it appeals to the neaderthal in you. A stronger chin, especially on adult females, is associated with the male growth hormone testosterone and too much of that bad boy can lead to messing around. It seems on an unconscientious level men sense this trend and are biased against a more masculine chin. Well, most men. Brad Pitt, quite famously, does prefer women with a strong jawline. Given that his preference might skew the results, I suspect he wasn't included in the study.

    Science and Sex

    "The findings are important in demonstrating that perceptions of women as desirable and trustworthy long-term mates can be reliably gleaned by men from viewing only the women's facial features.

    "Results suggest that information about women's sexual unrestrictedness, which is related to their risk of infidelity, can potentially be conveyed by the masculinity of women's faces."

    Hogwash you say? Perhaps you are already hooked up a hardbody who is perfect for you. Well, they may cheat, but you may also have found a sexual goldmine. Women (and perhaps men) with harder, more masculine features are more sexually aggressive in bed, a trait that ups their score with most partners.

    Brad, it seems, is onto something...



    Gerhard Adam
    Well, most men. Brad Pitt, quite famously, does prefer women with a strong jawline. Given that his preference might skew the results, I suspect he wasn't included in the study.
    Yeah, but that's different, because .... well ... he's Brad Pitt! :)
    Mundus vult decipi
    Fossil Huntress
    Too true. I have another study I'm going to work in that helps explain his appeal... not that we really need hard science for that. ; )
    Becky Jungbauer
    I think the Nobel laureate and cultural czar Sir Mix-a-lot said it best: "I'll keep my women like Flo Jo," and "Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin.'"

    There are so few of us that can offer both "a sexual goldmine" and brains. We're a rare breed.
    You ladies seem to be writing with glee and approval.  If that is a genuine reflection of your attitudes of heart, then I would be very loth to ask you out.

    ומוצא אני מר ממות את־האשה אשר־היא מצודים וחרמים לבה אסורים ידיה טוב לפני האלהים ימלט ממנה וחוטא ילכד בה׃

       I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare,
       whose heart is a trap  and whose hands are chains.
       The man who pleases God will escape her,  but the sinner she will ensnare.
    (Ecclesiastes 7:26)
    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Becky Jungbauer
    My response, Robert, can better be expressed by William Congreve (1697):

    Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
    Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.

    (1) Touché, Becky. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    (2) But Congreve is a different kettle of fish. I can think of no better than to quote the following by Nevill Coghill (from the same book as I got the bit about Americans keeping their science and their religion in separate lobes of their brain):

    Yet when I tried to share with him my discovery of Restoration comedy he would have none of it. I pleaded for Congreve, asserting that there was a place for the Mirabellian worldling, the gentleman of wit, who might seem an apostate from romance, but who had a secret vision of love, however elaborately disavowed; there was a place for poise, for reserve, for a polished contempt: God would think twice before damning a man of that quality. But Lewis only had to think once, and in later years, when he had come round to Christianity, he had even less use or liking for Congreve and Co, as I remember. In a letter, once, he drew me a picture, or allegorical diagram, imitated from the well-known frontispiece of Hobbes’s Leviathan, which showed a Leviathan of human values. In the head there stood a figure labelled SAINT. In the heart, a figure labelled HERO. Twittering round the huge figure there was an insect-like object dressed as a man of fashion of the seventeenth century and labelled GENTLEMAN; from its mouth their issued a balloon in which was written in tiny letters: ‘and where do I come in?’. Mirabel, he went on to say, was no part of the Everlasting Gospel, a phrase of Blake’s that he had his own meaning for. Perhaps the hunger for magnitude that made him admire Gilgamesh and the Edda, and made Spenser and Milton his favourites, disabled him from an appreciation, which I could not deny, for a world of elegant cuckoldry and cynic wit, so seemingly heartless, a trifler’s scum of humanity that sought to be taken for its cream. I found it very enjoyable, but I do not remember ever to have heard Lewis quote Congreve, though he relaxed enough to enjoy Dryden’s rapier-bludgeon at work on Shadwell.

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Fossil Huntress
    I'm definitely looking to enjoy the visuals from would-be sinners like Brad Pitt... ensnaring, however, is quite another matter.  (Fossil Huntress 7:26)