Need to Turn Off His Sex Drive? Cry

What happens to men when women cry? A new study finds that, as in mice, human tears may serve a “chemosignaling function.” Specifically, female tears seem to reduce male sexual arousal. “We found that merely sniffing negative-emotion-related odorless tears obtained from women donors, induced reductions in sexual appeal attributed by men to pictures of women’s faces,” conclude the authors (Shani Gelstein, Yaara Yeshurun, Liron Rozenkrantz, Sagit Shushan, Idan Frumin, Yehudah Roth and Noam Sobel). “Moreover, after sniffing such tears, men experienced reduced self-rated sexual arousal, reduced physiological measures of arousal, and reduced levels of testosterone. Finally, functional magnetic resonance imaging revealed that sniffing women’s tears selectively reduced activity in brain-substrates of sexual arousal in men.” (HT: BP Research Digest) [%comments]


better than the opposite effect, I suppose :)


It's an interesting indication that humans are communicating messages we may not even be aware of.


Then what was going on when Harry took advantage of Sally's distress over Joe's marriage to his paralegal?

Kim W.

Kristin -- I wouldn't be so sure it was Harry taking advantage of Sally in that scenario.


You're incredibly late on this one.

Bill Willard

That's the best way to get me to walk out the door and go for a beer. Better to leave her alone by herself with her fake "problems" than have to deal with the drama.

Life is too short to put up with those games.


Fair warning: enough of that doesn't turn it off, just displaces it.


Am I the only one here that felt this begged the opposite question? If women and men are so opposite- and, making room to say that either party doesn't necessarily want emotionally unstable cry babies, what does the image of a healthy man shedding a few healthy tears do for the female sex drive?
Would it make us want to come to the rescue by jumping their bones?
If the formula was right, it may encourage them to squeeze a few emotions out of their turnip hearts here and there. Or at the very least, stock up on a few fake ones in a bottle.
Sprinkle them on when we're not looking boys, see what happens! This is a science experiment! Who's afraid of a little salt?!


how do you explain rape, then?

Kevin Park

Why are scientists researching this anyway? I mean, it is interesting, but don't we have bigger problems?