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New Documentary Finds Women Turned On by Pretty Much Anything (Except Dudes)


Findings show that some train-wreck women are aroused by images of scruffy-lesbians spinning records.Photo: Getty Images

It’s not really news that the naked male body is kind of hideous. Guys, why do you think we’re always asking you to turn the lights off during sex? Hint: It actually has nothing to do with our being embarrassed about our love handles. But now there’s a study to back up this anecdotal evidence. Dr. Meredith Chivers, a research fellow at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto, explores the fact that women aren’t turned on by the naked male form in her new documentary, Bi the Way (kind of cute, but we would’ve gone with Bi Hard or Live and Let Bi).

For heterosexual women, looking at a naked man walking on the beach is about as exciting as looking at landscapes,” she says in today’s New York Times. The article continues:

Heterosexual women, Dr. Chivers and her colleagues found, were no more excited by athletic naked men doing yoga or tossing stones into the ocean than they were by the control footage: long pans of the snowcapped Himalayas.
Which explains why you rarely hear about women climbing on top of Everest. What was surprising, however, was that women were aroused by almost everything else, particularly naked women.
When straight women viewed a video of a naked woman doing calisthenics, on the other hand, their blood flow increased significantly.
They were also turned on by videos of masturbation, graphic videos of couples making love, and footage of bonobo chimps mating. (Um. WTF, women?) So, fellas, the next time your woman is closing her eyes while you’re getting busy in bed, know that it’s entirely possible she’s fantasizing about chimp sex in order to bring it home. How’re they hanging now? —Noelle Hancock

What Women Want (Maybe) [NYT]

New Documentary Finds Women Turned On by Pretty Much Anything (Except Dudes)