Who is more attractive, man or woman? Scientists study sexual behavior.
A shameful study
The research and attention on sexual behavior in human society did not begin to be systematically organized and studied until the 20th century. In order to study sexual behavior between men and women, scientists have also conducted many studies and investigations.
Correspondingly, this type of research gradually extends to social behavior, medicine, biology, criminology, and anthropology. But overall, this type of research belongs to the field of sexuality. When it comes to sex related topics, it is also difficult for people to avoid discussing who is more lascivious between men and women.
It’s not so much about who is more lascivious between the two, but rather about the performance of men and women in sexuality and the discussion of related experiments. Nowadays, most of scientists’ understanding of the physiological mechanisms behind behavior and motivation comes from animal research.
The hypothalamus plays an important role in sexual motivation, and animal studies have shown that peripheral system structures such as the amygdala and nucleus accumbens are important for sexual motivation. Once these areas are damaged, it can affect the motivation for sexual behavior, leading to a decrease in sexual motivation.
But unlike animals, human sexual motivation is much more complex and can be influenced by factors such as environment, gender relationships, social environment, and personal factors. In the late 1940s, Alfred Kinsey launched a large-scale investigation into human sexual behavior, which was later documented in the book ‘Sexual Behavior of Human Men and Sexual Behavior of Human Women’.
Although the public opinion at that time did not support such research and investigation books, and most people were also unwilling to discuss sexual related topics in public. Kinsey’s research results indicate that women have the same interest in sex as men, and that ‘self-sufficiency’ between men and women does not have adverse health consequences.
In addition, same-sex and individual sexual behavior is quite common. As a pioneer in modern sexuality, Kinsey has also developed a set of checklists for human sexual behavior research. In this scale, relevant tests classify individuals’ sexual orientation, and to this day, this test scale is still in use.
Gender behavioral differences
A large part of Kinsey’s research was focused on discussing sexual orientation, but the special cultural and historical period at that time made his research highly binary in the United States. In addition to sexual orientation research, Kinsey has also specifically investigated marital sexual behavior.
According to Kinsey’s survey data, the frequency of marital sex among women in their twenties is 2.8 times a week, 2.2 times a week for women in their thirties, and once a week for women in their fifties. In addition, according to relevant surveys, Kinsey believes that approximately half of married men have had extramarital experiences at some point in their marital life.
For women, 26% have engaged in extramarital sexual activity in their 40s, and 10% to 16% of married women aged 26 to 50 have engaged in extramarital sexual activity. The relevant data and reports not only astonish the public, but also bring new perspectives to sociological research on gender issues.
In the 1960s, William Masters and Virginia Johnson jointly studied the relationship between sexual behavior and physiological responses. In order to conduct relevant investigations, they observed 700 individuals who agreed to participate in the study of physiological responses to sexual behavior.
Unlike Kinsey’s research, Masters and Johnson focused more on people’s reactions to posture. Masters used experimental equipment to observe and record measurements of blood pressure, respiratory rate, and sexual arousal.
Based on this survey, Masters and Johnson will be divided into four stages: excitement, plateau period, orgasm, and refractory period. Studies on the sexual response cycle have shown that changes between men and women exhibit different manifestations.
Interestingly, during the 1940s, Masters had to choose an assistant to help him with his research projects on sexuality. After several interviews, he ultimately chose Virginia Johnson, who had not graduated at the time.
As a result, their relationship became increasingly intimate, ultimately leading them into the palace of marriage. However, there were also many voices of public opinion and criticism at the time, on the one hand criticizing Masters’ 1966 publication of “”Human Sexual Reactions””, including his own love affair.
There are differences between men and women, but there is not much difference either
Entering the 21st century, scientific and systematic research has become increasingly in-depth on the basis of previous studies, and scientists have discovered that the motivations and patterns behind sexual behavior have very complex mechanisms. In addition to the impact of physiological mechanisms on hormone levels, there are also environmental and objective factors that contribute more.
The answer to the question of who is more attractive to men and women is not absolute. In addition to the previous research on human sexual behavior, modern research has focused on the physiological structure of men and women. In terms of the response to visual stimuli, men and women are different.
In order to study the response of men and women to visual stimuli, scientists found in their research that repeated exposure to exposed images of men and women can lead to subjective habits established by men during sexual arousal. But the results of this test were different among women, as the study found that women did not establish subjective habits when repeatedly viewing the same images.
Through relevant arousal measurements, it is shown that women have their own unique interest strategies. According to relevant testers, as the experiment repeats, they pay more attention to background related and non detailed aspects, such as background information or clues about actor relationships.
In addition, in the study of brain neural stimulation, scientists have found that although the general neural networks evoked by men and women are the same, these circuits can be activated differently based on the characteristics of sexual stimulation presented.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging shows that males exhibit stronger neural stimulation when viewing nude drawings than females. The relevant results indicate that men tend to be more visually inclined, while women pay more attention to the environment itself and their own needs and feelings.