Sweat, saliva, body odor … all may be disgusting turn-offs on a romantic date with your partner. But guys, if you plan on going back to the bedroom, your woman may be able to look past all that.
According to a new study by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, women who become sexually aroused are less likely to be grossed out, suggesting that the state of sexual stimulation may affect a woman’s disgust response.
Here’s how it worked:
Ninety female Dutch college students were divided into three groups and made to watch videos meant to evoke specific emotions.
The first group watched “female friendly erotica” meant to arouse participants. The second group watched extreme sports in order to excite the women, but in a non-sexual way. The third group watched a boring video of a train for a neutral response.
Immediately after watching the films, the groups were given several tasks, most of which were fairly disgusting. For example, they were asked to eat a cookie with a worm next to it, or wipe their hands with a used tissue. They were also asked to perform a few sex-related tasks.
Participants who were sexually aroused responded to the disgusting tasks with far less trepidation than the women who were not sexually aroused. Charmaine Borg, co-author of the study, concluded, “Women who were sexually aroused were more willing to touch and do initially disgusting tasks.”
So what does this mean?
Sex and disgust are basic, evolutionary human traits. This may go back to our primal instinct as a way to ensure procreation, and for that brief period of sexual arousal, we are able to ignore what normally would be considered disgusting.
Previous studies have also indicated that sexual arousal strongly impacts decision making, suggesting that sexual stimulation may be the reasoning behind why some people can throw caution to the wind and engage in behaviors that they normally wouldn’t.
Perhaps, this line can best sum up this study:
“A man, who will kiss a pretty girl’s mouth passionately, may perhaps be disgusted by the idea of using her tooth-brush.” -Sigmund Freud