I often thought that only men are attracted to nudity whereas in fact women tend to find nudity more sexually erotic. The heyday of girly calendars and pinups may well be behind us, but it may still come as a surprise to know that men are no more obsessed with nudity than women.
At least that’s the conclusion of a scientific review of responses to erotic imagery.
It said that the brains of men and women reacted in the same way to erotic pictures, suggesting that the cliché that men are attracted by lingerie and nudity, while women need to be wooed to get in the mood, is not true.
While women usually rated the nudes less positively than men in questionnaires, exactly the same parts of their brain ‘lit up’ in MRI scans – those linked with emotional processing, reward and desire.
Researchers led by Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics looked at 61 studies using scans involving 1,850 people shown erotic images or short films.
They concluded that brain scans do not support the theory that men ‘respond differently to visual, sexual stimuli than women’.
Dr Hamid Noori, who led the study from the German Institute added, ‘Our study challenges the common public perception that men are more visual than women when it comes to sex.’
The results of the review were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
When you happen to look around, if you are lucky, at women engaged in sexual activities with either men or women, you will find that women involved with other women are by far the most erotic visually to both sexes since they look much more enticing and make the heart of the viewer race at an increased tempo.
At least that’s my recollection in the heydays of my youth.