Sunday, February 11, 2007

MANSWEAT MAKES WOMEN HOT


You're going to love this: according to the Journal of Neuroscience, there is finally direct evidence that humans secrete a scent that changes the chemistry of the opposite sex. Let me translate: MANSWEAT MAKES WOMEN HOT.

"This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that a change in women's hormonal levels is induced by sniffing an identified compound of male sweat," according to Claire Wyart, postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.

The study conducted last year involved 48 undergraduate women who took 20 sniffs from a bottle containing androstadienone, a compound found in male perspiration and other bodily secretions. Apparently the womens' blood pressure and other vitals increased, a sign that their sexual arousal was boosted. Oh, yeah.

The researchers measured the women's levels of the stress hormone cortisol and compared them to the women's responses to a control odor. Cortisol levels in the women rose within about 15 minutes of inhaling the androstadienone scent and remained elevated for more than an hour, UC Berkeley researchers found.

Of course, I want to know more. For instance, do women respond differently to sweat from different areas of the body? Is there a failsafe level for sweat? Am I in danger at the gym? These are things I demand to know. And what about men? Are we in danger of succumbing to the allure of other men's sweat???? Is it possible to be attracted to one's own sweat?

25 comments:

jedimerc said...

Wow, this changes everything :) And I, too, would like to know more... also, there are so many controls in lab experiments, one never knows how completely truthful they might be. Still, intriguing at the least.

Arnold S. said...

It's when we sweat in a hot tub that really makes them hot.

Meander said...

yes i had heard of this study too. i have always known it to be true. smell is a powerful aphrodisiac. i have heard that men are most attracted to the smell of vanilla. so while you sweat to attract...i will dab some vanilla extract behind my ears. :>)

Arnold S. said...

It would come off in the hot tub.

Lucas Pederson said...

Awesome!
I'm goin out for a run, later!

SQT said...

Lol. Notice most of the comments so far are from excited men? Too funny.

I think there's sweat and then there's sweat. If my husband in too sweaty and moves into the realm of stinky, then it's a turn-off. But if there's a light sweat from a little bit of exertion then it's a turn on.

So if you're going to try to attract a woman, maybe make sure you don't go and get so sweaty you're soaking in it. That's definitely too much.

spyscribbler said...

"Apparently the womens' blood pressure and other vitals increased, a sign that their sexual arousal was boosted."

See, I totally disagree with this. I think the elevation is due to the stress of having to deal with the smell, not sexual arousal. Maybe something's wrong with me, but whenever DH gets sweaty, about the only sex I'd consider is sex in the shower. :-)

Arnold S. said...

Would you be wearing vanilla?

Stewart Sternberg said...

Ladies, I fully understand that you aren't able to confirm this. If you did, men all over would stop bathing. So scoff all you wish, I'm stopping by the gym later with a squeegee and small medicine bottle.

miller580 said...

OK, so sweaty men attract woman. I get it. Keep this as our little secret. Please don't let it out in the mainstream. I, as a man, do not want to be surrounded by sweaty men trying to get laid.

Thanks You, now I must go and not shower.

Jon said...

"...sniffing an identified compound of male sweat," according to Claire Wyart..."

So is this now called Compound W, and is it only obtained from the sweat from a clear wart?

Sphinx Ink said...

Do you remember the TV commercial from the 90s, showing the muscle-y guy working outside who paused to drink a cold Diet Coke, while sweat ran down his manly brow and shirtless pecs and six-pack abs? Remember all the women panting over him from their office window? They probably couldn't smell him from there, but they were reacting to how he looked--and the sweat was part of the turn-on.

Diana Gabaldon comments on women being attracted to the natural male scent (sweatwise) in some of the books in her OUTLANDER series. Gabaldon used to be a section leader on the Research and Craft section in CompuServe's Writers Forum. I can recall reading several discussions between her and other posters on human sexual reaction to odors. Since Diana was a bioscientist before she was a novelist, and also has been happily married to a hunky guy for a long time, I assume she speaks from scientific fact as well as personal experience.

Of course, there's sweat, and then there's sweat. IMHO, stinky "old" male sweat = female repulsion; fresh "clean" male sweat = female turnon.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

i wonder why nothing was said about the strange elixer that comes from mansweat and swamp butt?

Stewart Sternberg said...

sphinx, allow me to speak from experience. Women aren't attracted to the smell of sweat and much as they are attracted to essence. Fortunately, following an act of love, I felt weak and was able to interpret that feeling as lack of essence. Now, I don't deny women my company, but I do deny them my essence.

Wayne, here's the thing about Swampbutt...it's hard to reproduce that in each man just the same. I mean, one man's butt is another man's pleasure. No wait, that didn't come out right. Butt you know what I mean. Sheeesh.

mist1 said...

I seriously love man sweat. Except for the man that I dated who smelled like cat piss. It didn't work out.

Lexa Roséan said...

lots of good questions. of course the witches' have known about the power of bodily secretions for aeons. thanks for viisiting my blog and in answer to your question, there was magic being done in 2000 and 2004 but it was not powerful enough to overcome the powerful voodoo of the Bush!

Kate S said...

Well, Stewart, I suppose you could work this bit of research into this in your romance writing...

She swooned as the moisture fell from his pits; little diamonds of dew that caused her own private parts to moisten. The stale onion odor reminded of when they met. He was a fry cook at White Castle; she, a customer. It was love at first sight: his muscle bound arms flexing over the damp stains of his t-shirt as he flipped the burgers with a big smile just for her.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Excuse me for asking, but aren't all men "attracted" to themselves sometimes?

I read about this study. It should definitely be qualified. Many people have truly nasty-smelling sweat, and there is also a vast gamut of sensibility; some women have a far better sense of smell than others.

All of these things need to be factored in before anyone decides to get all sweaty on purpose to boost his sex life.

Claudia said...

And they spent how much money on this??? anyone with any perception will know that scent plays a role...I've always liked the way the guys I date smell. I even had friend that loved how her boyfriend smelled...eventually they did break up and she even told me that as the attraction faded, she started no liking, even being repulsed by what once turned her on. give that to the scientists!!

James Burnett said...

I'm saving this post for the day I decide to quit showering. Maybe I'll start tomorrow, and tell my wife I'm doing it make her more attracted to me.

Clifford said...

This topic stinks.

Helen said...

Hmm, interesting topic! Do all these scientists sit around and think "Hmm, what will we find out today?" So they decide to measure how men's sweat changes the hormone levels in women?
Anyway, funny post.
Helen

Stewart Sternberg said...

Lexa, I am glad you stopped by. Blessed Be.

Kate, even though I cringed, that was very nice writing. You know, I think this is a good name for a character. Something like Earl Mansweat.

Helen, what can I tell you? I rather like that there are people who do things like this. Better the scientists should spend their time toying with smell than trying to figure out more ways to destroy humanity.

Clifford, that hurt.

James, I once said to my male students: "Lets have a contest to see who can go longest without taking a shower." I had no takers. Go figure.

Claudia, I know what you mean. It's funny how we can love something about someone and then find ourselves being repulsed by it.

Hearts, yes. Men are all attracted to themselves. All the time. It's why we create sock puppets.

mist, if you'll send me an address, I'll send you a scented tshirt.

Charles Gramlich said...

What about women's sweat? A faint trickle of gleaming perspiration meandering down their sensuously curved forms, a telltale sign that their bodies are heated, moist, prepared for combat...or for love? Uhm, sorry, got carried away there. Man, I'm sweating.

thepinkangel said...

so it makes us HOT and stresses us out at the same time....sounds about right.