September 14, 2013
We All Get Turned On By The Same Things
For years, many simply accepted as truth that men only have one erogenous zone.
You know the one.
A group of researchers from Britain and South Africa, however, set out to disprove this mystery once and for all. As it turns out, men aren’t the single-minded pigs they’re often made out to be. There are several areas that you can rub him to get his motor running.
Professor Oliver Turnbull of Bangor University’s School of Psychology and his colleagues also discovered that the feet aren’t nearly as hot as some had assumed. There had been those (mostly those trained in the ways of foot massage and reflexology) who believed the pleasure sensors in our brains tied to the pressure points in our feet were very close to the area which controlled our genitals. In other words, a foot rub could really turn you on.
Their study has possibly ruined this and other assumptions, however. After all, if men are turned on when their caressed in more than one area and each of the areas are tied to different points in the brain, then perhaps the pleasure center isn’t where scientists previously thought.
Turnbull and team asked 800 participants to list 41 different body parts on a scale of sexiness, or which areas they most preferred to be loved before doing the deed. To their amazement, nearly all of the 800 people shared very similar opinions about where the hottest parts of the body are.
“A lot of people assume that women’s bodies are just full of erogenous zones and that men have only one, the obvious one,” said Turnbull.
“It’s pretty equal, with just perhaps a modest advantage to women – but certainly nothing like the way the sex differences have been so hugely exaggerated.”
Both men and women rated the genitals as the hottest zones, of course, but ears, lips, inner thighs and shoulder blades also topped the list.
Feet, on the other hand, scored at the bottom of the list.
In fact, some 75 percent of participants ranked feet as the least sexy part of the human body. There were those who appreciate a good pair of feet and having their feet fondled, of course, but overall it seems we’re not feet fans.
“We have discovered from this that we all share the same erogenous zones in at least two very different continents, whether we are a white, middle-aged, middle-class woman sitting in a London office or a gay man living in a village in Africa. It suggests it is hardwired, built in, not based on cultural or life experience,” said Turnbull.
Despite all the Cosmopolitan tests and all the locker room talk, it appears we’re mostly the same after all. All of us, male, female, black, white, African, American, all of us really love a good shoulder rub, some kissing and a light brush on the inner thigh.
Thank you science, you’ve saved the world once more.
Ah, but what about that pleasure center in the brain which was originally understood to control these erogenous zones?
“I think there is a good argument for it being the insula [cortex], although there are a few ethical issues in trying to take the next step and measure that, as it obviously means that someone has to be stroking someone else whilst the brain is monitored,” said Turnbull.
“It is interesting, though. A lot of people think that science shouldn’t be looking at such things, but if it’s something that human beings are interested in – and we clearly are around sex and intimacy – then it’s something scientists should study.”
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