Sorry, dear I was ovulating!

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http://newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=6713 [Broken]
Higgamous hoggamous, woman's monogamous; hoggamous higgamous, men are polygamous. Or maybe not.

New research from UCLA and the University of New Mexico suggests that members of "the gentler sex" may have evolved to cheat on their mates during the most fertile part of their cycle — but only when those mates are less sexually attractive than other men.

"Women know they have attractions that come and go, but they probably don't realize that these urges are tied to their cycle — as well as our evolutionary past," said Martie G. Haselton, a UCLA researcher and author of two new studies on the subject. "They just know that suddenly one day they're attracted to their hunky neighbor or handsome co-worker."
 
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MIH, now you know the scientific reason why your significant other has been watchful all the time! (You have to read the article to "get it".)
 
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I've also heard theories that women are very clumsy around the time of ovulation. Which would explain why I tripped and fell on the pool boy.
 
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Now I just need to learn how to figure out when a woman is ovulating... oh and I should probably make myself look "hunky" too.
 
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TheStatutoryApe said:
Now I just need to learn how to figure out when a woman is ovulating...
well you COULD just ask her...:biggrin:
 
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well you COULD just ask her...:biggrin:
Should I bring a thermometer with me?
 
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Should I bring a thermometer with me?
Absolutely! No way we can lie to you then!!:smile:
 
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Should I bring a thermometer with me?
Think of a less invasive method.
 
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men have more to lose from a cheating mate (resources), hence the greater tendency for men to go psycho on cheating gf's. Both sexes do better with more partners of course, but women usually just have to settle for less...
 
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when a person is in love they do not find themselves attracted to others, ever.
 
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when a person is in love they do not find themselves attracted to others, ever.
I think love and physical attraction are seperable things. How is it not possible to be in love with someone, but still find another person physically attractive, perhaps even more physically attractive than the person whom you currently love? After all, we don't typically choose to love based soley on looks, so it would follow that the one we love isn't necessarily whom we would also consider maximally physically attractive. Now, perhaps you would argue that a person becomes much more attractive once you're in love with that person, but the way I see it, that opinion would no longer be confined to the scope of physical attraction, but an amalgamation of physical and non-physical attraction (i.e. love?).
 
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It's normal to find others attractive, it's another to ACT on it.
 
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Thinking about the earlier thermometer comments, I don't think it would work. Or, rather, you'd have to know the person for a while and be able to take her temperature around the same time every day over the period of a month or two in order to really tell when she was ovulating.

Talk about major stalker tendancies... the only thing weirder than someone following you around for two months is someone following you around for two months and secretly taking your temperature.
 
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Talk about major stalker tendancies... the only thing weirder than someone following you around for two months is someone following you around for two months and secretly taking your temperature.
True. That rates pretty high on the creepy scale.:bugeye:
 
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Evo said:
It's normal to find others attractive, it's another to ACT on it.
Not really... no, actually I'm pretty sure they're the same thing, Franz?
 
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I'm laughing that it says the women are more likely to cheat if the other guys are more attractive than their own guy. :rofl: Does it really matter what stage of the cycle you're at to move on to a more attractive guy if the one you're with is not as attractive? If there's something you find less attractive about him in the first place, isn't that a bad sign right from the get-go?
 
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...Which would explain why I tripped and fell on the pool boy.
327 times. :tongue2: Oh and, you need a taller pool fence. :surprised
 
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Does it really matter what stage of the cycle you're at to move on to a more attractive guy if the one you're with is not as attractive?
I saw a study (OK, it was on TV...eeek...:redface: ) where women were asked to judge the relative attractiveness of a set of line drawings that depicted male faces with various classic features. The upshot :blushing: was that women seemed to have a stronger preference for rugged features during ovulation than at other times. This was explained in terms of two potentially competing selective pressures: 1) to acquire attractive genes; and 2) to acquire a good provider.
 
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1) to acquire attractive genes; and 2) to acquire a good provider.
...and 3) to aquire the bagboy at the grocery store.
:tongue2: :biggrin:
 
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...and 3) to aquire the bagboy at the grocery store.
:tongue2: :biggrin:
...yeh, and 4) to acquire the hotel security guy(s). :cool:
 
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MIH, do you have the study that shows that at certain times of the month that women were more attracted to pictures of a man with scissors lodged in his temple and a bat shoved up his...

I'm at work and can't get it.
 
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Evo said:
MIH, do you have the study that shows that at certain times of the month that women were more attracted to pictures of a man with scissors lodged in his temple and a bat shoved up his...
I'm at work and can't get it.
LOL! :rofl: I think Tsu sent me those research findings, but I have misplaced them.
Moonbear said:
I'm laughing that it says the women are more likely to cheat if the other guys are more attractive than their own guy. :rofl: Does it really matter what stage of the cycle you're at to move on to a more attractive guy if the one you're with is not as attractive? If there's something you find less attractive about him in the first place, isn't that a bad sign right from the get-go?
Good point. Seems like stating the obvious is something you see more and more in research results these days. You know as part of my job I get free training in grant writing. You and I should team up. We could do a study like "Vacationing in the Bahamas Temporarily Elevates Mood". What say?:approve:
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1) to acquire attractive genes; and 2) to acquire a good provider 3) to aquire the bagboy at the grocery store 4) to acquire the hotel security guy(s).
You forgot the little long-haired, tattoed barrista down at the local Starbucks.:!!)
 
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Evo said:
MIH, do you have the study that shows that at certain times of the month that women were more attracted to pictures of a man with scissors lodged in his temple and a bat shoved up his...
I'm at work and can't get it.
I can find the quote you have posted in many places on the Web, but I cannot find the research paper itself, or a more detailed description of it.

Do you expect it to be on the UCLA psych dept. website?
 
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You forgot the little long-haired, tattoed barrista down at the local Starbucks.:!!)
If you like her too, that's cool. :cool:
 

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