Does sex smell Science says yes! But not in the way you’re thinking, ya perverts. Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews to talk about everyone’s favorite subject, pheromones. Now we’ve been told for years and years that pheromones influence our behavior and help us choose mates but it’s always been kind of a question mark as to how much of a difference they really make. Humans in particular, have more secretion and sweat glands than any other primate, and the organ we use to detect pheromones is called the vomeronasal organ, or VNO. It’s a tiny,.
Crescentshaped bundle of neurons at the base of each nostril, and almost all animals have it from reptiles, to elephants, to house cats. What’s surprising, however, is that only 30 of humans were actually born with this organ. But we can all smell pheromones, right So there’s gotta be something else that allows us to detect them. Well, there is. Men secrete something called andro, which is a metabolite of testosterone, in their sweat and semen. And women, secret estra, a derivative of estrogen, in their urine. Both chemicals are known to trigger arousal in the opposite sex but in order to be considered.
True pheromones, they have to shape how people view different genders. New research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing confirms that that’s exactly what happens. For the study, researchers split men and women up into groups of 24, and then had them watch this tutorial. Notice the figure on the left, has a decidedly female strut with a lot more hip movement while the figure on the right, has a flatter gait, typical of most males. The one in the middle is considered neutral, meaning it could go either way.
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They then asked subjects to inhale either andro or estra and judge whether they thought the neutral walk was more masculine or more feminine. Turns out, their judgments depended entirely on their own sexual preferences. After smelling andro, the male hormone, straight women perceived the walk as being more masculine. But the pheromone had no effect on straight men. In contrast, smelling estra, the female hormone made straight men perceive the walk as more feminine. While straight women, weren’t affected. Even more interesting, is the fact that gay men followed the exact same response pattern as straight women. Meaning homosexual men.
Are more likely to respond to male pheromones than they are to female ones. Oddly enough, homosexual women fell somewhere in between. So neither pheromone made much of a difference. This supports the classification of andro and estra as sex pheromones, but it also shows that they can influence our perception of gender but only in the genders we’re attracted to. Like most pheromones, the smell is imperceptible so all of these decisions that happen are subconscious but they’re still an important part of how we interact and perceive each other.
More importantly, this study shows that pheromones aren’t genderspecific but rather, sexualityspecific. Which gives even less ammo to the argument that sexuality is a choice. Personally, I think everyone smells gross. But, I also live in a city with almost no air conditioning. And, I attend a lot of gaming conventions. So, my experience is probably skewed. Speaking of smelly things and terrible segueways if you want more facts about smelly stuff go check out Animalist’s new show, Best Breed Ever! It tells you everything you wanna.