Right Of The Star

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Smell Of Sex

No, not the mayonnaise story again (Mother Nature's a Bitch).... but two studies, "that provide additional evidence that sexual orientation is not all learned."

(If your redirected wait a sec for the front page and click on story, right top)...The homosexual men's brains responded more like those of women when the men sniffed a chemical from the male hormone testosterone. ...

When they sniffed smells like cedar or lavender, all of the subjects' brains reacted only in the olfactory region that handles smells.

But when confronted by a chemical from testosterone, the male hormone, portions of the brains active in sexual activity were activated in straight women and in gay men, but not in straight men, the researchers found. ...And when estrogen, the female hormone was used, there was only a response in the olfactory portion of the brains of straight women. Homosexual men had their primary response also in the olfactory area, with a very small reaction in the hypothalamus, while heterosexual men responded strongly in the reproductive region of the brain.

In a separate study looking at people's response to the body odors of others, researchers in Philadelphia found sharp differences between gay and straight men and women.

"Our findings support the contention that gender preference has a biological component that is reflected in both the production of different body odors and in the perception of and response to body odors," said neuroscientist Charles Wysocki, who led the study.

In particular, he said, finding differences in body odors between gay and straight individuals indicates a physical difference.

It's hard to see how a simple choice to be gay or lesbian would influence the production of body odor, he said.

Wysocki's team at the Monell Chemical Senses Center studied the response of 82 heterosexual and homosexual men and heterosexual and homosexual women to the odors of underarm sweat collected from 24 donors of varied gender and sexual orientation.

They found that gay men differed from heterosexual men and women and from lesbian women, both in terms of which body odors gay men preferred and how their own body odors were regarded by the other groups.

Gay men preferred odors from gay men, while odors from gay men were the least preferred by heterosexual men and women and by lesbian women in the study. Their findings, released Monday, are to be published in the journal Psychological Science in September.

Perhaps this response is one of the sensors involved in the all elusive Gaydar?

Having been extremely sensitive to olfactory stimulation my entire adult life, I could have told them that. Regarding the olfactory influence on physical attraction Every woman I have discussed this with (and if you know me you know I talk about everything with virtually everyone with little self censorship) agrees with this finding - they can't stand a woman's body odor but a good smelling man is a turn on. Not stink mind you, but the natural everyday odor. Seriously, does anything beat the smell of a man?

Being gay is not a choice and I can't imagine anyone believing someone would choose to be gay. While discussing the idiot Moby's promise to abuse any future children I said:

See, as a gay man there actually is a choice, but not the one you would expect.

The ONLY choice is weather to be honest and live as you were born, be true to yourself and this is a painful choice. Imagine giving up what is often called the American Dream! No wife, no biological children, no wedding, possible discrimination in work and housing, and often the distancing from your family.

Often it is the resentment of others reactions - ingrained, learned, legitimate reactions - that causes the closet problems we hear about, ask former Governor McGreevey's wife about that one. I also think this is a factor the gay radical's unwillingness to accept human nature as legitmate -- except for their own of course.

Now for the distasteful part -- NO, not what you were thinking -- did they adjust for underarm hair cause some of those lesbians can be hairy like monkeys!
(BTW, HT Towleroad)

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