Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Thoughts on Mandatory Eye Candy

Over at the National Geographic is an article about doing PET scans of guys brains as they were shown pictures of women in bathing suits, etc. Here was the result:

Brain scans revealed that when men are shown pictures of scantily clad women, the region of the brain associated with tool use lights up.

Now if we use Beavis and Butthead like word association with 'tool' the response to that statement is: No, duh. But that is not the lesson the researcher got.

And in a “shocking” finding, Fiske noted, some of the men studied showed no activity in the part of the brain that usually responds when a person ponders another’s intentions.

This means that these men see women “as sexually inviting, but they are not thinking about their minds,” Fiske said.

Shocking indeed. So the men were thinking like men and not like feminists. Oh, the humanity. Of course with a bosom like Gemma Atkinson's (who puts the rack back into the term 'frackin' huge'), I'm not consciously aware that I'm thinking about anything other than what I'm looking at. Color me shocked at my own thoughtless behavior.

(h/t Laer and Mary Katharine Ham)


Nice move...posting pictures of hotties under the guise of scientific musing.

Sooo...what did all those Google searches for "scantily-clad" and "gemma atkinson" do for your traffic stats? ;-)

I think the tool use association comes from all of those calendars depicting scantily clad females that are omnipresent in auto repair shops.

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