Thursday, March 15, 2007

Heehee, those crotch-gazing piggies

Well, the pinch is in: men are so hormonally hardwired to automatically seek out visual sexual stimuli that even straight men will check out other men's packages.

A study by Online Journalism Review used eye-tracking technology to measure where mens' and womens' eyes were drawn to when looking at this picture of a baseball player. Women tended to focus mostly on the face and somewhat on the facial area. Men not only fixated on the face/shoulder area but also the crotch, and quite intensely at that. Hello! And apparently, this response isn't restricted to the viewing of human subjects:

"Coyne adds that this difference doesn’t just occur with images of people. Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site."

Huh. The testing only applies to pictures, not live subjects. So I don't think men will have to start reminding other men that "My face is up here, buddy" anytime soon.

(h/t feministing)