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Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the blood-hound-gang-is-wrong dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

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Because (-1, Flamebait)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818808)

Who wants to give it to that weepy bitch, really? :-)

Re:Because (1, Funny)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818900)

Hey, I've always thought it's better when she cries.

Re:Because (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818966)

12 y/o girls don't count.

Re:Because (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819074)

What about 9?

Re:Because (2)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820144)

Whats wrong with twenty-eight year olds?

There's twenty of them...

And the lap dance is so much better when the stripper is cryin, Etc.

- Dan.

Re:Because (3, Interesting)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819278)

an ex of mine had bipolar, and would often have an attack of intense depression during the night.

if you've ever woken up at 4am to a crying girl trying to hump you, you may find evidence to the contrary of TFA.

Re:Because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819722)

I want your life

Re:Because (2, Insightful)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820282)

careful what you wish for... wifey has a baby due in june.

Re:Because (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819610)

Hey, I've always thought it's better when she cries.

So true! [youtube.com] .

Tell it to the Japanese (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818816)

90% of their porn involves women crying.

Re:Tell it to the Japanese (1)

Pax681 (1002592) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819646)

hmmm a drawn together moment!

Spanky: So was he any good, Mr. Nagasaki?[referring to Ling-Ling]

Ling-Ling: He cry a lot.

Spanky: Sorry about that. He's new.

Ling-Ling: Oh No! I like it! Tears are best lubricant.

Re:Tell it to the Japanese (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819898)

That is exactly what I thought of when first hearing about this.

Re:Tell it to the Japanese (2)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819864)

Somehow I don't think they get the pheromones on the DVDs though.

Re:Tell it to the Japanese (1)

Vegemeister (1259976) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819906)

Meh. Cheesy American porn noises are no better,

(collected while she watched a sad movie) (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818832)

And if it were collected while she watched a comedy?
And if it were collected while he watched a sad movie?

Re:(collected while she watched a sad movie) (1)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818904)

And if it were collected during sex? I guess that would be tricky.

Re:(collected while she watched a sad movie) (5, Insightful)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819332)

Unless I have gone funny, I think that nature has pulled a swift one here that no-one has picked up... Here's how:

Males found women less attractive when in contact with the tears - not even knowing what they were.
Therefore, something in the tears makes males less likely to see an attractive woman. It doesn't say that it makes the woman crying the ONLY one less attractive.
Therefore, perhaps it is a mechanism developed by nature to stop males just finding a "hottie" so to speak while another woman was crying and instead focus as a group on what was making the woman cry?
Problem is fixed, woman stops crying and the males then pair off with the females and further the species once more?

hmmmm, this is /. and I seem to have missed a 4) PROFIT!!!! in there, but meh.

*sips coffee*

Personally... (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818836)

I can only get it up if she's crying.

Re:Personally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818866)

I take it that's before you slipped in the rohypnol?

Re:Personally... (2)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818988)

There is a whole genre of such pr0n, so what deters some clearly arouses others.

Re:Personally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819468)

Well I find it's quite a thrill
When she grinds me against her will
Yes a lap dance is so much better when the stripper is cryin'

Hooray for Boobies [youtube.com]

It's a safety mechanism for women..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818862)

It's a safety mechanism for women.....

RAPIST: SHUT UP AND LAY STILL!!
RAPE VICTIM: NO!! Please! Don't do this! *sob* *sob* Don't do this to me!
RAPIST: *sniffs* ohhh shit... *loses errection* sorry, have a good night. Gotta go

Not for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818882)

I find the opposite is true. Nothing is more attractive than holding and protecting a crying woman. It really pumps up testoterone and triggers deeper emotions, which often naturally leads to sex.

Re:Not for me (1)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818936)

I find the opposite is true. Nothing is more attractive than holding and protecting a crying woman. It really pumps up testoterone and triggers deeper emotions, which often naturally leads to sex.

Naturally taking advantage of a woman when she is vulnerable leads to sex. It's ok if you're already involved, but she might regret it later.

Re:Not for me (0)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819938)

That's p fuckin creepy dude.

It has to be said (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818884)

Funny, for me the anti-Viagra has always been vaginal odor. Or possibly the Mother-in-law.

Re:It has to be said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818948)

But the mother-in-law's vaginal odor is awwwright.

Re:It has to be said (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819186)

ewwwww

The level of discourse (5, Insightful)

uid7306m (830787) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818890)

Geez, guys. Mental age should be at least 16, mental altitude should be at least a foot above the gutter.

Re:The level of discourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818918)

Pfft - whatever happened to "dig for victory?"

Re:The level of discourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819010)

Geez, guys. Mental age should be at least 16

Clearly, you are lost. I think you want some other site.

Re:The level of discourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819084)

You shall be the first to fall in 4chan's overthrow of Slashdot. No refuge for the hippies!

Re:The level of discourse (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819114)

Hippies, as opposed to the drop-out good-for-nothing 16-25 year olds frequenting 4chan?

Re:The level of discourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819276)

the transition is going wel11!!!!!!!!111

Re:The level of discourse (1)

oztiks (921504) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819428)

Yeah but the editors at /. would know with a story like this the #commentlisting was going to be overly populated with such discourse.

Its not like /. attracts people with healthy sexual appetites, quite the opposite, considering most of them are buying plastic vagina molds of their favorite pornstar and calling it "their" girl.

Re:The level of discourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819524)

I don't know about you, but my gutters are already a good 10 feet off the ground. What difference would another foot make?

Re:The level of discourse (2)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819650)

Geez, guys. Mental age should be at least 16, mental altitude should be at least a foot above the gutter.

Why? Being old sucks. And the gutter is nice and warm. ;-)

Re:The level of discourse (1)

hduff (570443) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819828)

Geez, guys. Mental age should be at least 16, mental altitude should be at least a foot above the gutter.

On Slashdot?

The discourse is usually at basement level, not upstairs with mom.

So how do we explain make-up sex? (3, Interesting)

rsborg (111459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818896)

I remember lots of tears and well, it still happened every time.

Perhaps not all generated tears are the same (maybe this explains why guys avoid chick flicks?)

Re:So how do we explain make-up sex? (1)

Alopex (1973486) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818986)

The article points to: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7294117 It's a 30 year old study that showed the composition of "emotional" tears differs from the composition of tears produced in response to an irritant.

Re:So how do we explain make-up sex? (3, Insightful)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818994)

Because the man doesn't usually control when a sexual encounter happens, the woman does. Make up sex is when the woman is either trying to induce you to stay in the relationship or is turned on because of how you responded to the argument.

Re:So how do we explain make-up sex? (1)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819024)

You seem to be blissfully unaware of our history until a few decades ago.

Re:So how do we explain make-up sex? (1)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819094)

In the animal kingdom, in primates, and in primitive tribes this is still true. Note I said "usually".

Women get the short end of the stick (4, Informative)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819398)

Throughout most of human history, the man has been the gatekeeper to sexual activity, not the woman. In fact, it was only until very recently that a man could be legally prosecuted for raping his wife.

In the United States [wikipedia.org] , South Dakota was the first state to criminalize "spousal rape." This did not happen until 1975. The last state to criminalize "spousal rape" was 1993.

In even earlier (bust still recent) history, say prior to the 1900's, women were not allowed to vote or own property in a marriage, and they were usually not able to live on their own due to the fact that few people would hire them for any job, and without anti-discrimination laws in place employers were free to systematically deny women employment, or even to pay them a lower wage just because they were female.

In the Middle Ages in Europe, and still today in many cultures around the world, marriages are arranged by the parents and children, especially daughters, may have little say in when they get married or to whom. Combine that with a society in which a woman can't have a political voice, can't refuse to have sex with her husband, can't divorce him, and may be legally beaten by her husband, and you'll find that historically, women have had VERY little say in when a sexual encounter happens, or even with whom it happens with.

Things have began to change recently, which is good, but 1316311 makes an excellent point. It would be a shame if you missed the point, which is why I took the time to compose this message and provide at least one reference. "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it," blah blah blah, and all that rubbish.

Re:Women get the short end of the stick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819756)

Many if not most men aren't rapists, even historically.

Re:Women get the short end of the stick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819810)

I see you haven't fallen for the feminist's propaganda. We'll have to fix that.

Re:Women get the short end of the stick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819824)

I see I let my penis think for me: that should be feminist or feminists'.

Re:So how do we explain make-up sex? (1)

sackvillian (1476885) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819394)

Why propose that tears caused by a fight might have significant chemical differences from tears caused by a sad movie instead of considering a hugely different state of mind for the male?

Occam's razor: maybe men who are having a tiff with a lover and see a tear will react differently than men sitting in an experimenter's room, smelling unlabeled vials.

Think deeper (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819496)

If the tears have a chemical message that is aversive to us, we will perhaps take action to remove the unpleasant stimulus, IE comfort the crying person so they stop producing tears. Also don't neglect that the chemical message contained by the tears is only part of what's going on psychologically when you're fighting with your significant other; the empathetic emotional pain you feel when you see them upset is likely a much stronger driving force.

In short, every crying girl needs a good hot dicking. That is, unless she keeps crying during the dicking, in which case you might be raping her and you should probably stop. Unless, you know, you're both kinky and happen to be into that kind of thing.

Maybe the chemical message in the tears that reduces arousal is part of some defense mechanism against rape?

Re:Think deeper (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819822)

If the tears have a chemical message that is aversive to us, we will perhaps take action to remove the unpleasant stimulus, IE comfort the crying person so they stop producing tears. Also don't neglect that the chemical message contained by the tears is only part of what's going on psychologically when you're fighting with your significant other; the empathetic emotional pain you feel when you see them upset is likely a much stronger driving force.

In short, every crying girl needs a good hot dicking. That is, unless she keeps crying during the dicking, in which case you might be raping her and you should probably stop. Unless, you know, you're both kinky and happen to be into that kind of thing.

Maybe the chemical message in the tears that reduces arousal is part of some defense mechanism against rape?

So much wrong with your statement...

First of all not all sex is about love and emotional empathy. People have sex without caring about each other. People stay together when they no longer care too. Not saying it's right but we're not in a perfect world and this is certainly common enough unfortunately.

Secondly, your assessment of what "every crying girl needs" undoes every positive thing you've said in your other message reminding us of female rights. Personally I think you're over-compensating and are a mysogynist in denial. If that crying girl was your mother/daughter/sister/niece/best female friend would you advocate the same? Would you want someone taking advantage of them?

Thirdly, there is a world of difference between dominance/submission fantasies and actual rape. Very few women actually want to be raped, and they are in need of professional pyschiatric care. Your comments trivialise this. Also there is never a good time or reason to be confused about whether or not there is consent unless you like hurting women and you'd like to end up in prison where you might experience the same.

When a girl is balling her eyes out, if you do care, you try to help her. Sex can be comforting but it can also be damaging. If your first thought is how you can profit from her tears, you're not helping her so don't pretend - in fact you need help yourself.

No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34820148)

Guys avoid chick flicks because they lack entertainment value.

Pheremones? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818924)

Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones?

Anyone can find this out very easily: Just don't shower or apply deodorant for a couple of days, and you will notice everyone around you respond (assuming you leave your parent's basement on a regular basis).

Re:Pheremones? (4, Funny)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 3 years ago | (#34818962)

Are you mad??? Asking people on slashdot to shower even less???

Pheremones don't have a noticable scent/odor... someone not showering AND failing to apply deodorant is gonna smell pretty awful, especially if it's for days.

Re:Pheremones? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819050)

I recently read a study where women subconsciously preferred men who slightly smelled of sweat compared to recently clean. I think the best bet to pick up women (say at a bar) is to shower right before but not put on deodorant, you're not going to stink unless you go dancing or do some intense activity. If you do pick up a girl, just put on deodorant before the deed, carry it in your car or something.

Re:Pheremones? (4, Insightful)

Bobakitoo (1814374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819164)

Pheremones from other species dont have noticeable scent to you. You are not rigged to recognize and response to them. To each species, their pheromones has a distincive smell that provoke a specific emotional impuse to act in some way. eg: It smell attractive.

Deodorant are not natural and are merely masking the human odor. If you think natural odor smell awful, it is only because you are not use to it. Just like puritain are scandalized over the sight of a naked body. Hygiene is important, and restraining too strong odor is also important, but demanding that everyone has the same standardized "aqua fresh" scent is wrong.

Re:Pheremones? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819310)

Deodorant isn't just "masking" odor with another scent -- it's not perfume. (Notice that there are unscented deodorants.) What it does is kill the bacteria which are causing that odor, which seems like a reasonable thing to do.

Re:Pheremones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819518)

You are made of bacteria, killing the odorous one IS masking odor. An equilibrated bacterial flora do not smell awful.

Re:Pheremones? (2)

angus77 (1520151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819952)

Masking covers up the problem, but the problem's still there underneath. Killing is....killing.

Re:Pheremones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34820206)

The problem is not the bacteria, the problem is the disequilibrium and it is caused by poor hygiene. Wash often and after sweating is better then appying some products that only mask the poor hygiene.

Re:Pheremones? (4, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819360)

(assuming you leave your parent's basement on a regular basis)

But it's scary up there. Full of judgment, people that expect you to pay for things yourself, and an alarming shortage of freely available Hot Pockets.

Liquid Cock-block(tm) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818954)

I'm filing the patent now...

Well of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34818968)

I find I am less arroused when I see tears.

Perhaps it is the wintery freshness of mace.

Rapists. (5, Interesting)

queazocotal (915608) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819034)

An interesting test would be to do a similar study on violent rapists.
(excluding those in pre-existing relationships with the victim).
Are they less affected, or even aroused, by the same signals?

Re:Rapists. (3, Interesting)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819258)

Maybe that's the secret. Rapists have nasal congestion problems!

I wonder how much of it is learned too... sure our brains can 'smell' tears, but the response could still be a result of conditioning rather than anything hardwired.

Re:Rapists. (1)

JustSomeGuyNamedWolf (1973510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819522)

The motivation behind rape usually is not sexual in nature; it's about power. In raping someone, and it isn't always a woman, the attacker fulfills that need for power and control. I'm sure there are others who could explain this in far more depth than I am capable of but you get the general idea.

Re:Rapists. (3, Interesting)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819976)

The motivation behind rape usually is not sexual in nature; it's about power.

Seriously, what does that even mean? My view is that sex and power (for either sex) aren't something you can easily split up.

The confusion gets even worse when all coercive sex is categorized as rape. A boyfriend or husband whining that they aren't getting enough sex is not what I view as an exercise of power.

OTOH, why do people pursue power over others? I think that urge is closely related to sex. This leads not only to rape, but also males in leadership roles maintaining lovers (of either sex) on the side and on the female side a strong pursuit of powerful males. It also explains how some people can enjoy killing other people.

Anyway, as a result, I don't support the claim that rape is about power not sex, because I don't think the two behaviors/goals are separable (especially given that the rapist is having forced sex with the victim, that doesn't seem an "either/or" choice to me). There also seems to me to be plenty of evidence that sex and power-seeking behaviors are commonly intertwined in many human activities.

Re:Rapists. (3, Informative)

catmistake (814204) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820004)

Rape is not a crime of passion and desire. It is a crime of violence. Rape is about (that illusion known as) control. You can't stop a rapist by "turning them off" sexually. There's more than one way to stop a rapist, of course, but I recommend vigorously and repeatedly applying a baseball bat to either head.

What? (5, Funny)

santax (1541065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819086)

Man, I love it when they cry. All 7 of em. You know. Here in my basement. Brb, moms calling.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819376)

The lack of apostrophe actually makes that joke funnier.

Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (4, Interesting)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819092)

should already know this. A woman who cries to win an argument, then you lose all interest in romance, then she cries because you don't want to touch her, then you are even less interested. It's a vicious cycle that ends up in either broken or sexless relationships. I know.

LK

Re:Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819170)

all relationships end up sexless!!

Re:Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (5, Insightful)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819216)

all relationships end up sexless!!

Yes, because we all die in the end. If it happens sooner then you're doing it wrong.

Re:Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819836)

all relationships end up sexless!!

If the goal of the manipulation is to avoid sex. If women want sex (note to Slashdotters: they do) the crying thing would be negative feedback and would be conditioned out of their behavior.

Re:Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (5, Insightful)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819968)

If the goal of the manipulation is to avoid sex. If women want sex (note to Slashdotters: they do) the crying thing would be negative feedback and would be conditioned out of their behavior.

Only if they want sex more than they want to win arguments.

LK

Re:Anyone who has ever dated a manipulative crier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34820188)

I don't understand the "only if" qualifier. Make sure you hook up with one that likes sex. Everything else takes care of itself.

Meaningless. (4, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819184)

This has nothing to do with whether a woman crying is a turn-off (yes, white-knights, we all know crying girls make you so so so so sad). This has to do with a vial of tear-juice impacting your judgement in how attractive women are. I guess this will be completely relevant when women start literally crying buckets. Until then, when do you actually come in contact with enough tears at one time that it could possibly effect you? I'm sure a vial full of ear-wax shoved right under my nose would repulse me, too, and the last thing I'd be thinking about is sex.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but . . . (2)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819294)

I'm sure a vial full of ear-wax shoved right under my nose would repulse me, too, and the last thing I'd be thinking about is sex.

. . . I think that's a valid point for a different reason; I think it's pretty well-settled that a person likes-, and is not offended, by the smells of their lover(-s).

If that's true then perhaps these guys were not turned on b/c they did not "recognize" the smell and they interpreted the tears as just stinky fluid.

Re:Meaningless. (-1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819348)

"Literally crying buckets"?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:Meaningless. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819452)

inconceivable!

Re:Meaningless. (4, Interesting)

misexistentialist (1537887) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819696)

Which is a pretty useless hypothesis to prove since crying women look repulsive. I think the study misses the point and that the scent is supposed to help trigger the nurturing response of fathers.

Seriously (5, Interesting)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819260)

Do some actual science. Toss some tears into a gas chromatography analyzer and see whats in them.

If something is there concentrate or synthesize it and test it one by one.

Re:Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819618)

Its hard to tell what was once there though. That's the beauty of homeopathic dilution; there might not even be a single molecule of anything interesting left in there, but the tears STILL work to get some male to defend the female. Especially if they are Elasian tears; those ones are hard to break free from.

Re:Seriously (2)

ebonum (830686) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819764)

Winning recipe!
If you planted an air freshener loaded with this stuff ( see above post - you need to figure out how to synthesize it ) in an NFL team's locker room, think of the competitive advantage!

If you work for JP Morgan, you would want to load up the Goldman trading floor with this stuff. Take the testosterone out and they will suffer.

Re:Seriously (1)

Johnno74 (252399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819946)

Problem is there is undoubtedly lots of different stuff in tears - probably many thousands of different compounds. Big job to see which compound is having that effect.

Re:Seriously (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820098)

Toss some tears into a gas

Then you can disperse rioters

I think it is the other way (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819388)

Tears is a signal that reduces the testosterone which is connected to both sex drive and aggression. I think this signal is "meant" to reduce aggression -- lowering sex drive being just a coincidence.

Crying is admitting your vulnerability, it's an honest signal to the aggressor. It's also an element of "happy tears" I think..

Re:I think it is the other way (1)

vede (1972072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819720)

I think this is the most intelligent comment so far here... Consider that tears have been widely suggested to be a response to feelings of helplessness, the presence of tears would indicate that any conflict has been won (the other parties indicating their own helplessness), and if the conflict is over, then there's less need for testosterone at the moment.

Re:I think it is the other way (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819812)

Its a good point. I just don't understand the subject line "I think its the other way". The other way being what? An increase in sex drive? Only if one accepts the act of courting as a kind of aggression.

Irony (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819414)

Ironic, considering tears make the best lube.

skichau (1)

leochau12 (1973518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819614)

I don't buy this study -- I guess these scientist haven't heard of make-up-sex.

Bah! (1)

reboot246 (623534) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819624)

Tears can't hold a candle to vomit when it comes to killing the mood. Back when I was in college one of my dates threw up while we were making out in bed. We had both been drinking, but apparently she had had way too much. It ruined the sheets and bedspread, and even went all over the floor.

Ultimate anti-Viagra!!

Re:Bah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819700)

Sadly, rule 34 still applies ... Though, I think Max Hardcore or whatever his name got charged over it. It is, however, something I have stumbled upon on the web.

That was some nasty shit. People do some WIERD things.

It depends (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819774)

I used to work with a guy who was such an undesireable date, he had to get women drunk to sleep with him. He bragged about his conquests and more than once described how his dates would hurl at some point during 'the act'. We figured that he had conditioned himself to ignore the puke and keep pumping.

It's a pheromone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34819714)

A within-species chemical signal is by definition a pheromone.

Bloodhound Gange disagrees! (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819762)

Yes, a lap dance is so much better when the stripper is cryin'. Well I find it's quite a thrill, When she grinds me against her will, Yes a lap dance is so much better when the stripper is cryin'

It figures (1, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819856)

John Boehner becomes speaker of the House and starts bawling right and left. Its all a part of the right wing's campaign against sex.

I've actually known this for years... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819912)

I found this out the time I accidentally picked up Deep Heat rather than lubricant.

Though admittedly the tears were mine and they may not have been the biggest contributor to my lack of arousal.

Somehow... (1)

dos4who (564592) | more than 3 years ago | (#34819930)

"you ain't so purty whens you cries" doesn't seem like good lyrics for a country song...

Uh (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820026)

Welcome to three days ago. BTW: Seattle's going to beat New Orleans. Seriously!

Hormones in tears (1)

blackbeak (1227080) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820244)

If I recall correctly, babies cry about 25% of the time. Their tears are the primary mechanism which allows them to shed excess hormones created by stress. It's no surprise to me that a woman's tears would also contain some sort of hormone(s), any of which, if inhaled, would likely temporarily interfere with hormone production in the inhaler.
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