Sunday, June 25, 2006

You'll Go Blind...

In the course of researching my new novella (which is now, praise all gods and little fishes, done), I came across an interesting tidbit here at LiveScience.com, that says when people see dirty pictures, they fail to pay attention to what comes next.

""If you are simply driving down the road and you see something that is sexually explicit on a billboard, the odds are that it is going to capture your attention and – for a fraction of a second afterwards – you will be less able to pay attention to other information in your environment," he [Vanderbilt University psychologist David Zald] said.


Hee hee. Hee hee hee. So you really do "go blind," like mom said, at least for a fraction of a second. This makes me giggle unendingly, for some reason. ;)

To be fair, it's erotic or violent images that seem to encourage what the article calls "attentional rubbernecking." But the thing is...biology continues to support that both men and women "like to look."

I'm always amazed at the reactions I get when various subjects come up. In fandoms, I notice that it's always a bigger deal for the grrl-gamers or fem-fans to go gaga over a male character than it is for the guys to ogle Lara Croft or Seven of Nine. Some men seem very uncomfortable with the idea that women look--and like to look--as much as men do. Of course, we do our looking in different ways, but we look, and we like. And when I tell people I write erotic romance, many (quite a few men) seem genuinely astonished (or at least, they act that way) that there's a market for it targeted towards women.

So look away, ladies. Science supports you, and your brain will love you for it. :D

3 comments:

Cassandra Kane said...

Xandra, I know exactly what you mean about men not understanding that women also look at men as sexual objects. So I must share this story.

Last night my BF and I were watching Argentina vs Mexico playing for the World Cup (soccer)and as the Argentinian's were watering themselves during a break I said "He's hot!" when a very gorgeous Argentinian player came on screen.

"Yeah, they tend to get hot when playing," my BF said.

Laughing, I said, "I mean he's good looking!"

He was totally stumped, almost couldn't believe I was looking at the player in that way. For him they're serious professionals.

Yeah, but still hot!

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

I get it all the time that I 'write porno.' I can't tell you how many times I've had to set my colleagues straight on this point, which usually ends up with me saying..."No, porno is empty of story and emotion. You should know since that's probably all you watch. And I have more talent than to write that." This gets a few laughs, including from the person who was only just teasing me in the first place. -- But the majority of my colleagues think it's really cool, and have asked what my husband thinks about it. My answer: "Are you kidding? He thinks it's hot. He has nothing to complain about." This is the point where the male colleagues' jaws usually hit the floor and their eyes boggle. But no matter how much I love writing things for women I still get annoyed that most things out there in the media are geared toward the male perspective and capturing their attention. Let me give you an example: A local radio station is having a calendar girl search for charity and they are really promoting the contest and contestants hard. The male announcers keep talking about how hot it is....I'm thinking...NOT FOR ME!!! Why couldn't they do two contests, one for hot males and the other for women. I would buy a calendar featuring 12 months of hot guys on it. But no....they mistakingly assume that EVERYONE of their listeners wants to look at women. I'm sorry. I don't. Doesn't do a thing for me, and rather pisses me off that they assume the audience doesn't want to see men. Maybe research shows that most women wouldn't buy something like that so it's not worth the time of the station to do such, but I think they are missing a large segment of the population by doing so. But that's just me trying to play fair when I really think the reason it that the station is ran by males, and most of the employees are male, so it never crossed their minds that female listeners may want something for them.

Wow...how'd I get on this soapbox?

-Kat

Skylar Masey said...

I have to admit I "look" when I see Triple H (a WWE wrestler). Everytime I see him, I'm reminded of a Viking of old;0) And this year at Wrestlemania he came out as Conan to his theme music, "Hail to the King". I was like, oh yeah, I'd be your hand maiden! (But alas he is newly married and about to be a Papa with the owner's daughter.)

My bf made the mistake of telling me that he'd flashed his bum on camera (as paybak to his boss who wanted him to kiss his rump). And of course I made my bf show me every bit of footage:0)

He tried to get out of it by saying he'd already deleted it from his digital downloads.

Yeah, nice try, I thought. And then I said, "Well then you'll just have to download it again."

And of course I gave him a kiss for his troubles:0)