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Why Women Have Sex On The Brain
TheTimes.com.uk ^ | 9-8-2001 | Nigel Hawkes

Posted on 09/09/2001 7:56:10 AM PDT by blam

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 08 2001
Why women have sex on the brain

BY NIGEL HAWKES

Scientific study has answered the question of why we fall in love in the most unromantic way possible

THE question that has perhaps most obsessed and mystified the poets, philosophers and thinkers — why do we fall in love? — has been answered in the most unromantic way possible: by the scientific study of the humble prairie vole.
Music was the food of love in Shakespeare’s book, but the truth, according to Professor Gareth Leng of the University of Edinburgh, lies in a “love potion” created in women’s brains after the act of sex, which helps her to form a bond with her partner.

Professor Leng, speaking to the British Association Science Festival in Glasgow yesterday, said that it is all in the chemistry because of evidence gleaned from the vole, which engages in enormous bouts of sexual intercourse, far in excess of that needed for reproduction.

“If you were to spend (many hours in) intense sexual activity with a partner, something fundamental might happen to your behaviour,” he said. “That’s often what you see in animals. Many animals bond for life. It’s not going to surprise anybody to think something fundamental is happening in the brain.”

Oxytocin, produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, is probably also involved in creating the bond between mother and child at birth and during breast-feeding. In prairie voles, a monogamous species, the effect is especially strong.

“If you put a male and female prairie vole into a cage, but don’t allow them to mate, they seem to form a kind of friendship. But if you inject oxytocin into the female’s brain, she will form this sexual bond.”

Professor Leng said: “We’re talking about 24 hours of constant copulation.” Translated to human behaviour, he said, this could mean that the more sex a couple have, the deeper their bond becomes, at least on the woman’s side.

“So how does a brain fall in love? My answer, perhaps, like yours, would be: a time, a place, a pair of eyes.”


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....and now, the rest of the story.
1 posted on 09/09/2001 7:56:10 AM PDT by blam
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To: Romulus, Orual
Flag for questing voles.
2 posted on 09/09/2001 8:00:11 AM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton
This could explain why so many women remain with abusive partners. I am assuming that the physical abuse indicates a higher level of testosterone in the male than normal and thus these "pair-bonded" individuals would be engaged in more sexual acts than the typical couple.

With each act, the woman becomes more hopelessly tied to the abuser.

3 posted on 09/09/2001 8:04:26 AM PDT by longleaf
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To: blam
Errr... Blam... that drug rings a bell.

I think it's the one a couple of idiot thieves (male) stole from a vet hospital (break-in) when trying to steal OxyContin...

Seems they were taking it, and not getting the expected buzz... They got caught too. Thread on FR somewhere about it...

4 posted on 09/09/2001 8:10:08 AM PDT by DAnconia55
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To: blam
The act of sex is an act of bonding. The Bible states that two bodies become one. That is a part of marriage.
6 posted on 09/09/2001 8:11:57 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: blam
Another reason why males and females are incompatible. After copulation, so many men curl up into a ball, suffering from post h***-** depression.
7 posted on 09/09/2001 8:15:39 AM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Thorn11cav
Reminds me of the old joke, did you know doctors have discovered a certain food that kills womens' sexual desire?

Wedding cake!

-ccm

8 posted on 09/09/2001 8:16:27 AM PDT by ccmay
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To: blam
“If you were to spend (many hours in) intense sexual activity with a partner, something fundamental might happen to your behaviour,” he said.

Uh, like maybe you couldn't move anymore due to sheer exhaustion.

9 posted on 09/09/2001 8:18:34 AM PDT by I am still Casey
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To: dighton

Simple ingredients. Voles do it, might as well whip up a batch.

10 posted on 09/09/2001 8:19:23 AM PDT by Orual
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To: blam
"if you inject oxytocin into the female’s brain, she will form this sexual bond.”

..Or if the guy is rich and shows up in a new BMW, the oxytocin really kicks in......!

11 posted on 09/09/2001 8:19:40 AM PDT by TRY ONE
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To: blam
Do we still have to take showers?
12 posted on 09/09/2001 8:19:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: blam
"Professor Leng said: “We’re talking about 24 hours of constant copulation.”

Yes, NOW we're talking!!!!!!!! Go on..........

13 posted on 09/09/2001 8:23:28 AM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: blam
You know...we could tie this thread to homosexuality and wind up with a real mess.
14 posted on 09/09/2001 8:23:29 AM PDT by Maelstrom
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To: Orual
Voles do it

Moles do it,
Fellows of All Souls do it.

Cole Porter bump.

15 posted on 09/09/2001 8:25:27 AM PDT by dighton
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To: ccmay
LOL!!!
17 posted on 09/09/2001 8:34:59 AM PDT by FITZ
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To: Thorn11cav
Unfortunetly its not a permanent condition and can easily be cured with marriage.

LMAO !

18 posted on 09/09/2001 8:36:44 AM PDT by Eagle9
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To: blam
Women Have Sex On The Brain

THIS is the problem... "on the brain".
It needs to be moved down a couple of feet (+/-).

19 posted on 09/09/2001 8:36:58 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper
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To: blam
Ah, another "Why do fools fall in love" theory. I likes it!
20 posted on 09/09/2001 8:38:58 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: longleaf
This could explain why so many women remain with abusive partners.

It may also explain why so many women seem indifferent toward decent conservative guys, but swoon over worthless liberals. By being sexually aggressive, liberal males are stimulating the production of Oxytocin. By being proper and respectful, conservatives males inhibit the production of Oxytocin.

While it would be wrong to generalize to all women, all too often it appears that the more respect you show toward a woman, the more contempt she shows toward you. With women proclaiming with their mouths that all men are jerks, and at the same time their actions are resulting in an illegitimacy rate reaching record levels, you know something isn't tracking here.

For most of human history, the act of seduction has been blamed entirely on men, as if women have no responsibility. That may be closer to the truth than we care to admit.

21 posted on 09/09/2001 8:41:04 AM PDT by 537 Votes
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To: blam
If you put a male and female prairie vole into a cage, but don’t allow them to mate, they seem to form a kind of friendship. But if you inject oxytocin into the female’s brain, she will form this sexual bond.” Professor Leng said: “We’re talking about 24 hours of constant copulation.”

Bump.

22 posted on 09/09/2001 8:42:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Cyber Liberty
Weomen have sex on tha brain....explains why they drive like they do...particularly parking...must be that phallic impact
23 posted on 09/09/2001 8:43:04 AM PDT by spokeshave
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To: blam, technochick99
Um, never mind, blam. That was supposed to be to someone else. =:^o
24 posted on 09/09/2001 8:43:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: DAnconia55
I think it's the one a couple of idiot thieves (male) stole from a vet hospital (break-in) when trying to steal OxyContin...

Seems they were taking it, and not getting the expected buzz... They got caught too. Thread on FR somewhere about it...

Yup, I read that. The Vet clinics around here are being broken into, don't remember what drug they're after.

25 posted on 09/09/2001 8:44:55 AM PDT by blam
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To: dighton
And the least among us.
26 posted on 09/09/2001 8:45:43 AM PDT by Orual
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To: blam
So romantic: "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and a syringe full of oxytocin."

--Boris

28 posted on 09/09/2001 8:47:09 AM PDT by boris
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To: Lazamataz
"Um, never mind, blam. That was supposed to be to someone else. =:^o" Okay, LOL. It's all SCIENCE to me. That's why I'm interested. (Ahew)
29 posted on 09/09/2001 8:47:22 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Have any females posted on this thread yet? Hmmmmm?
30 posted on 09/09/2001 8:48:48 AM PDT by blam
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To: 537 Votes
Have you noticed that, by and large, liberal women are bow wows? Am I out of line here?
31 posted on 09/09/2001 8:49:04 AM PDT by poet
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To: Maelstrom
You know...we could tie this thread to homosexuality and wind up with a real mess.

LMAO!!! C'mon, who's layin' money down-- how long's it gonna take before the pride parade gets on board with this...

32 posted on 09/09/2001 8:51:50 AM PDT by maxwell
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To: Lazamataz
Bump.

More like BumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBump

Thud.

33 posted on 09/09/2001 8:51:54 AM PDT by Hank Rearden
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To: poet
That's 'cuz half of 'em are dykes.
34 posted on 09/09/2001 8:54:12 AM PDT by maxwell
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To: blam
Have any females posted on this thread yet?

I'll post. Kind of interested in this 24 hour thing. Would like to try that some time. Sure the old man would give it his all.

35 posted on 09/09/2001 8:59:16 AM PDT by farmfriend
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To: blam
This thread has already gotten more attention than most of my anthropology threads do. My new idea for thread titles:

"Ancient (sex) Humans (sex) Arrived (sex) In (sex) The (sex) Americas (sex) 15,000 (sex) Years (sex) Ago (sex)".

36 posted on 09/09/2001 9:00:03 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Ok, now we are talking. Where was this anthropology thread? The one with the new title?
37 posted on 09/09/2001 9:02:25 AM PDT by farmfriend
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To: boris
You can save on the bread, wine, fireplace, music, massage, charming conversation, and dinner if you just equip yourself with the quick and sure syringe of oxytocin.

Although I still prefer the former, I am beginning to think the only available women left anymore would settle for the latter.

38 posted on 09/09/2001 9:06:19 AM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: blam
I don't know why I have this sudden and overwhelming desire for this knowledge, but tell us more about ancient humans!
39 posted on 09/09/2001 9:07:51 AM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: farmfriend/HighWheeler
There is a thread out there somewhere with that title. Someone with more computer skills than me/I will have to find it.
40 posted on 09/09/2001 9:15:40 AM PDT by blam
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To: poet
Have you noticed that, by and large, liberal women are bow wows? Am I out of line here?

I think that is going a little too far. Many liberal women are physically attractive in their 20s and 30s.

But by the time they get into their forties, the fertility magnetism is gone, and their hubbies wake up each morning next to a nightmare of bitterness and vile.

As for me, I find that as I get older, even liberal women in their 20s and 30s no longer seem attractive. The complete and total self-absorption, the eternal self-pity, seeing themselves as the center of the universe, constantly bellowing out demands and brooking no disagreement no matter how emotionally irrational their viewpoint is -- well, it's too much like my mother.

41 posted on 09/09/2001 9:16:46 AM PDT by 537 Votes
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To: Hank Rearden
More like BumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBump

ROFLMAO

42 posted on 09/09/2001 9:17:52 AM PDT by varon
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To: ThreadKiller
lol!!

qualifier - that's a 'male' brain!

43 posted on 09/09/2001 9:18:25 AM PDT by christine
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To: blam
Why Women Have Sex On The Brain... Wouldn't that get a little messy?
44 posted on 09/09/2001 9:19:10 AM PDT by Caipirabob
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To: blam
"Why Women Have Sex On The Brain"

this is a joke right?

45 posted on 09/09/2001 9:21:51 AM PDT by mitch5501
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To: 537 Votes
On my Klamath Basin Crisis bump list thread, I received a post from RightWingLady. I posted back "is there anyother kind".

Conservative women have brains, that's why they are conservative. And have you ever noticed the number of women who post on FR. I think it was Hillery's Lovely Legs who had a thread about how she couldn't get dates because of her conservatism. Good looking red head if another woman can say that and not get misunderstood.

46 posted on 09/09/2001 9:28:05 AM PDT by farmfriend
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To: blam HighWheeler
Study says Americas settled 15,000 years ago.

I read this thread but didn't post on it.

47 posted on 09/09/2001 9:32:44 AM PDT by farmfriend
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Professor Leng said: “We’re talking about 24 hours of constant copulation.”

Now accepting applications to test this theory. Of course, this is in the interest of science...

48 posted on 09/09/2001 9:44:23 AM PDT by Mr_Magoo
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To: farmfriend
"Study says Americas settled 15,000 years ago.

I read this thread but didn't post on it.

Thanks, Now we'll see how many really want to read it. LOL.

50 posted on 09/09/2001 9:55:57 AM PDT by blam
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