Thursday, 15 November 2012
Working in Ottawa today --Creepy things
Good morning folks,
I will be working in Ottawa today.
How about a new column segment, Things that sound Romantic, but are down right Creepy?
I was listening to the TV the other evening (yes I rarely watch TV, but I like to listen to it -especially when I am knocking off work at home. Provides a passage of time indicator, and makes it feel like I am getting some rec time in too), and on the TV some news anchor from Atlanta (I could tell from her accent) was explaining that there was a new wonder drug, a fidelity drug, a keep your husbands from straying drug..
Oxytocin in a spray bottle.
Odd I thought. Oxytocin is derived from the Greek word Tokos, quick birth. Not only does it aid in uterine contractions during the aforementioned quick birth, but is also passed to the baby during birth and aids in the pair bonding. It also facilitates breast feeding. It is also present in the brains of persons in love, and spikes after having sex. Yay.
Now then.. A recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that when men in a committed relationship are given oxytocin they stay a farther distance away from unknown, attractive women. They did not bother testing the effect on such men to unknown, unattractive women, or that unknown woman with the real bitchy attitude, even though she was kinda hot.
Sorry, lost my train of thought there. So just so we understand, the natural way that a woman can induce an elevated level of oxytocin in her man's brain is to have sex with him, and the desired behaviour modification is to stop the same man from wandering around having sex with unknown, attractive women... Why doesn't the gal just have sex with him?
Oh.. the staying farther away part of the study, and not mentioned by the Atlanta broad (kind of attractive, but a little too right wing for me) is that the men stayed an average of 2 inches further away. 2 inches? Barely even worth noting, damn, even Sr. Alice used to say we had to dance a foot apart to leave room for the Holy Ghost.
Other methods of keeping your man from straying.. frontal lobotomies, chemical castrations, sending hate emails to the other gal (thought I missed the whole thing about General Petreius love quadrangle didn't you?). So will women run out and buy the spray bottle and spray it in the face of their sleeping husbands? Yeah, just a bit too creepy for me.
Have a good day. Live better chemically.