[monkeywire] Study: Human women aroused by bonobo sex
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Thu Dec 15 12:35:02 EST 2005
GIRLS GONE WILD ... FOR MONKEYS
Girls Gone Wild ... for Monkeys
Pornography studios might do well to take a tip from the Discovery
Channel. According to a recent study, women are aroused by watching
monkey sex. Sure, they're more aroused by watching human sex, but the
loving habits of the bonobo are enough to bring out the primate in
any civilized lady.
The study, conducted by Meredith Chivers of the Center for Addiction
and Mental Health and J. Michael Bailey of Northwestern University,
was published in the October issue of Biological Psychology. The
researchers found that while straight men are only aroused by females
of the human variety, straight women are equally aroused by all human
sexual activity, including lesbian, heterosexual and homosexual male
sex, and at least somewhat aroused by nonhuman sex.
Each subject involved in the report watched seven two-minute clips of
sex: six scenes involving humans and one of bonobos. The subject
constantly monitored and noted his or her subjective arousal. The
subject was also affixed with a device that measured genital
arousal-penis circumference for the men and vaginal pulse amplitude
for the women.
All eighteen men were heterosexual and all reported subjective
arousal only during the scenes with women. The objective data matched
their reports: Images of our evolutionary ancestors do not make a man
retrogress to Homo erectus. The eighteen heterosexual women reported
greatest subjective arousal during the heterosexual scene, but their
bodies reported they were less naturally selective.
Chivers said in a previous study she had shown a very low correlation
between women's stated sexual interests and their sexual arousal
patterns in the lab. The correlation was much higher for men, she
"There's the possibility that genital response for women is not
necessarily imbued with meaning about her sexual interests," says
Chivers. She also emphasized that her findings do not imply women
harbor a latent desire for lesbian sex or bestiality.
While the women did not report their arousal in the subjective part
of the study, Chivers said women are generally receptive to her
findings about their objective responses.
"When I speak to women, there's sort of an intuitive 'Oh, yeah,'" she says.
Barbara Bartlik, a psychiatry professor at Cornell, said she was not
alarmed by the women's response to the nonhuman stimuli.
"I don't know why this has surprised everybody that women get aroused
watching humans and animals," she says. "Animals, because of the way
they function in an uninhibited manner...can be very arousing to look
at when they copulate."
However, Bartlik was surprised that the men did not have the same
response as the women.
"I would wonder if the men weren't concerned about being labeled as
homosexual or perverse by being interested in these things, and
therefore their erections were inhibited," she said.
Chivers hopes to discover what specific aspect of a visual stimulus
causes women to become aroused. Some experts believe mentally
labeling an act as sexual arouses women. Others, including Chivers,
believe innately recognized sexual features such as an erect penis,
even out of their usual human context, stimulate women. She said she
did not yet know how similar to humans an animal would need to be in
order to elicit a sexual response from women.
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