Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friendship, sex and morality addendum

 By the way, anyone who reads the "science" article I linked to in my earlier post will notice I ignored one major conclusion:
Men were much more attracted to their female friends than vice versa. Men were also more likely than women to think that their opposite-sex friends were attracted to them—a clearly misguided belief. In fact, men’s estimates of how attractive they were to their female friends had virtually nothing to do with how these women actually felt, and almost everything to do with how the men themselves felt—basically, males assumed that any romantic attraction they experienced was mutual, and were blind to the actual level of romantic interest felt by their female friends.
I ignored that mostly because I think this "science" is bogus junk science, as is pretty clear if you note the sarcasm in the original post. Above and beyond that, I'd like to remind you of a bit of genuine science wherein men and women were hooked up to sensors that measured their level of sexual arousal and shown sexual images. At the same time, they were given pads where they were asked to record their subjective feelings of arousal to see how these corresponded with the objective readings. Then men's objective and subjective responses corresponded very closely.
All was different with the women. No matter what their self-proclaimed sexual orientation, they showed, on the whole, strong and swift genital arousal when the screen offered men with men, women with women and women with men. They responded objectively much more to the exercising woman than to the strolling man, and their blood flow rose quickly — and markedly, though to a lesser degree than during all the human scenes except the footage of the ambling, strapping man — as they watched the apes. And with the women, especially the straight women, mind and genitals seemed scarcely to belong to the same person.
Mind and genitals scarcely seemed to belong to the same person! Remember that any time you hear or read reports of what women say they are or are not aroused by. Live long enough and you will eventually get bored of stories of women having affairs with people they insisted they weren't attracted to. I know it's not nice to keep pointing it out (as I do) but women are often very poor judges of what does or does not turn them on.

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