Friday, June 13, 2008

New Documentary Finds Women Turned On by Pretty Much Anything (Except Dudes)

A post I wrote yesterday for's Daily Intel, where I'm filling in while Rovzar is on gaycation in San Francisco.

It’s not really news that the male body is kind of hideous. Guys, why do you think we’re always asking you to turn the lights off during sex? Hint: It actually has nothing to do with our being embarrassed about our love handles. But now there’s a study to back up this anecdotal evidence. Dr. Meredith Chivers, a research fellow at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto, explores the fact that women aren’t turned on by the naked male form in her new documentary, Bi the Way (kind of cute, but I would’ve gone with Bi Hard or Live and Let Bi).

“For heterosexual women, looking at a naked man walking on the beach is about as exciting as looking at landscapes,” she says in today’s New York Times. The article continues:
Heterosexual women, Dr. Chivers and her colleagues found, were no more excited by athletic naked men doing yoga or tossing stones into the ocean than they were by the control footage: long pans of the snowcapped Himalayas.
Which explains why you rarely hear about women climbing on top of Everest. What was surprising, however, was that women were aroused by almost everything else, particularly naked women.
When straight women viewed a video of a naked woman doing calisthenics, on the other hand, their blood flow increased significantly.
They were also turned on by videos of masturbation, graphic videos of couples making love, and footage of bonobo chimps mating. (Um. WTF, women?) So, fellas, the next time your woman is closing her eyes while you’re getting busy in bed, know that it’s entirely possible she’s fantasizing about chimp sex in order to bring it home. How’re they hanging now?

What Women Want (Maybe) [NYT]


BCA said...

Quite timely your post...I was in Memphis this past week and by the 3rd consecutive day (that is, night) at the Flying Saucer [Draught Emprorium] of seeing very attractive girl after VERY attractive girl with the most average looking guys at best, I had to inquire.

And so began my journey to get stereo-typical southern girls to answer my direct northeast guy questions. It was interesting.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, Im a girl and I honestly get aroused by watching lesbian porno than by the standard ones...It gets on my boyfriend's nerves because Im always choosing those kind and he's like, "Im tired of that lesbian ish!"...Call me what you want, but the study is accurate. Maybe it has something to do with the objectification of women to the point where we subconsciously see women as men do. Great article though, do you think its valid?