Sexual Arousal Makes Us Do Gross Things, Says Scienceby Lauren Passell on September 13, 2012
In How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran writes:
“When it comes to sex, you really do have to remember men are blessedly forgiving creatures. They don’t care what kind of knickers you’re wearing. By the time you’ve taken your skir toff, you could be wearing a Greggs paper bag with leg holes torn in it and it wouldn’t put them off. THERE ARE MEN OUT THERE HAVING SEX WITH BICYCLES. Men don’t remotely care if you’re wearing sexy underpants or not.”
And science is backing her up. Because apparently, sexual arousal dampens our natural disgust response. Guys not only don’t care if you’re wearing sexy underpants, they might not even care if you’re wearing someone else’s dirty underpants.
Researchers at the Charmaine Borg of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands asked participants to complete various seemingly disgusting actions, like drinking from a cup with an insect in it or wiping their hands with a used tissue. (BTW, phew alert: unbeknownst to the guinea pigs, the bug was fake and the tissue was colored with ink.)
Sexually aroused subjects were less disgusted than those who weren’t. So that either means that these people would be more likely to hand scrub their cat’s litter box, or they might be more likely to have oral sex with someone they find absolutely revolting.
Sex makes us all maniacal, doesn’t it?