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Scientists Complete A Study On What Turns Women On Because Apparently, It's Confusing To People

Here's the most important part of it all.

This month on the Internet reports emerged that scientists had completed a new study on sexual arousal and the perceived differences in this area for men and women.

As The Guardian shares, the research specifically looked into the theory that men are more inclined to watch porn because they’re more stimulated by the “visual” than women are.

For the study, which was completed at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, “erotic visual stimuli” were presented to men and women of assorted sexual orientation. The brain activity of these people was then measured.

And by George!, the results found that women are just as likely to be turned on by sexual imagery (or porn) as men are.

The results are in, folks.
Image: HBO

The paper states:

“Following a thorough statistical review of all significant neuroimaging studies, we offer strong quantitative evidence that the neuronal response to visual sexual stimuli, contrary to the widely accepted view, is independent of biological sex.”

In a nutshell: the belief women are less attracted to the visual is a bunch of hooey.

“At least at the level of neural activity … the brains of men and women respond the same way to porn,” said Hamid Noori, co-author of the research – as shared by The Guardian.

Importantly, however, Noori went on to point out that this seemingly misunderstood ‘difference’ between women and men doesn’t come down to a lack of interest in the visual on the part of women.

It’s much more likely linked to shame.

“Female sexuality has quite a lot of stigma around it,” he said.

“Maybe the main reason is that for the woman there are secondary inhibitory effects that keep them away from expressing what they really feel.”

In other words, if women are not seeking out porn it could also be because they feel less free to do so without judgement.

That, and the fact that historically, much of the content out there hasn’t really been designed for the female experience – although, that is shifting.

His comments highlight just how important studies like this are. If in 2019 we need a paper to point out that women are equally as turned on by erotic imagery as men are, it’s clear there’s a way to go in regard to how we see the sexuality of women.

A Porn Site Has Revealed The ‘Perfect Woman’ Based On Users’ Requests, Who Clearly Never Got Over Weird Science

Want to hear the worst part of it all?

It has been 34 years since Weird Science hit screens and yet, it seems some people are still obsessed with the concept of being able to design their ideal lady.  

As insulting and even dehumanising as the whole thing sounds, that is exactly what a bunch of porn fans have gone and done.  

Why deal with a real woman when you can just build your own?
Image credit: Universal Pictures

According to reports from Cosmopolitan, a porn site has revealed what the “perfect” woman looks like, based on survey results received from some 50,000 users.

While we don’t have a breakdown of the exact demographics, the data is said to have come from men, women, and nonbinary folk from 150 different countries… and the results are hardly surprising.

I hope you can hear my eyes rolling as you read this, but the responses indicated that the “ideal” woman is a 25-year-old Eurasian woman named Shy Yume.

Shy is said to be five-foot-five with long, straight dark-brunette hair. She has blue eyes; D-cup boobs and an “’average’ waist and butt” (whatever the hell that means).

Want to hear more?

Great.

Based on users’ responses, Shy has also been revealed to be bisexual and not a feminist.

Cool. Great. Lovely.
Image credit: NBC

Now, as Cosmo has aptly shared, there are many problems with this whole stunt.

A lot of the results read as fetishistic (voting on race and sexuality feels very gross), and the idea of a woman being designed purely for intention of pleasing those attracted to her makes me cringe so hard that it’s causing my organs to shut down.

But beyond that, it shares damaging messaging to every woman who doesn’t fit the profile.

Some may brush it off as just a playful tool that allowed horny peeps to voice their preferences. But in creating Shy, the impossible standards women are held to are just reinforced.

An equally disturbing result – if you ask this writer – was the fact that 60 per cent of survey participants said they did *not* want their perfect gal to be a feminist.

Can we talk about this for a second?

Over half of these people stated that their dream woman would not be keen on equal rights for women. I’m aware that this went down on a porn site and not the New York Times, but I think it’s truly time that we corrected the messed up perception that feminism is anything beyond “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”.

That was Merriam-Webster’s definition, by the way.

The fact that this result came in with such high numbers expresses to me that the word ‘feminist’ needs some seriously good PR right now. And I truly hope that’s what we’re looking at; a case of mixed wires. Because if not, if the people who gave feminism a big red cross actually see the term for what it truly is, then that means 60 per cent of these people view women supporting equality as explicitly undesirable.

That’s a far more terrifying alternative.

PSA: There Are A Whole Lot Of People Out There Who Think Your Foreo Device Is A Vibrator And Wow OK Apparently This Is Actually For Skin Care

Technically anything is a vibrator if you try hard enough am I right?

If you’re across the latest in the world of beauty, chances are you’ve heard of a little (major) brand by the name of Foreo.

And if you’re not remotely fussed about the beauty industry, chances are you’ve at least seen these funny-looking silicone devices in the pharmacist and the feeds of those former Bachie contestants you’ve forgotten to unfollow on Insta.

If you fall into the second category, allow me to give you a brief introduction.

Foreo is a beauty brand that has been made famous by its fancy Luna face massagers.

These guys:

Essentially, the Luna is a silicone brush that has been fitted with a battery, so it can massage cleansers deeper into your skin and exfoliate that mug of yours.

That’s all well and good. Yay for taking care of your face!

But there’s a tiny issue at hand… well, perhaps not so much an issue as a point of confusion. You see, the uninitiated kinda, sorta, definitely tend to think these colourful devices are vibrators.

The reason I know this is because I was one of these people. (Yes, I recognise this probably makes me look like a moron and I fully anticipate some of you will tell me so in the comments.)

When I first noticed Foreo products lining shelves in Sephora I’d never heard of battery-operated face massagers.

So, I spotted the collection of silicone pieces that were shaped either like a dome or a kind of warped rectangle and thought, “Guess Sephora has a sex toy section now. Good on ’em”. And, to be frank, the name Luna Play didn’t exactly scream otherwise.

Over time I learnt (through a little Googling and a lot of Instagram posts by influencers raving about their new toys) that those funky-shaped thingos were actually skin and oral care devices.

Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little sceptical at first. A “face” massager, hey? Sure. That’s what people are using those things for.

I’ve seen Sex and the City, people. I remember the episode where Samantha wants to replace her vibrator and the sales dude refuses to refer to it as anything but a “neck massager”.

But, as it turns out…This isn’t an episode of SATC. Face massagers are a thing – they just happen to look a lot like sex toys.

And the internet has certainly noticed.

Before you roll your eyes and reduce the comparison to dirty minds giggling at anything that vibrates, hear me out.

As the New York Times has recently highlighted, there’s a new wave of vibrators, er, penetrating the market at the moment – and they’re a far cry from the phallic, horrifyingly veiny, flesh-coloured pieces made from nasty materials that previously dominated the industry.

Modern sex toys, many of which are being designed by women (yas sex tech kweens), are often made of silicone and come in a whole host of shapes and colours.

…Sound familiar?

I mean, just look at this luxury option by Je Joue. Pop some brush bristles on her and she’s basically the Luna massager.

The parallels have been drawn so often, in fact, that Refinery29 went so far as to do a deep dive into a potential link between Foreo and fellow Swedish company (and designer of “objects of desire”) Lelo.

Turns out that the two companies were founded by brothers Filip Sedic and Pavle Sedic. According to Refinery29, a brand rep confirmed that Palve, who went on to launch Foreo, was actually once the president and chairman of Lelo.

So, while Foreo has technically only confirmed that the companies have stakeholders in common, I can’t help but wonder if the transition into beauty was a matter of shifting the device downwards and testing out the results? (Okay, that’s probably not how it went down, but you get what I mean.)

In any case, I’m just glad to see that there’s such a broad range of safe, well-engineered options for folks looking for massage devices (of all sorts) these days.

Perhaps just be aware that it’s a little tricky to tell the difference between the toys that are intended for beauty and those that are designed for the boudoir before you go popping your Luna in your sharehouse shower caddy.

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