If I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. My friends and I stumbled into a crowded bar for some after-dinner drinks one night and, within 30 minutes, my friend Aaron had the waitress’s phone number. Not that surprising since Aaron is a tall, good-looking guy who always seems to have a harem; but his technique was unorthodox to say the least. He stood in her way whenever the waitress walked past us. He would interrupt her while she was taking orders from other customers. He sent his drink back three times, citing something absurd each time — “not enough gin … not enough tonic … I asked for a martini … I’m just a pain in the ass.” If I were her, I would have sent another server to our table but she GAVE him her phone number and he didn’t even ASK for it.
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Why do men cheat? Turns out it’s not because he’s a “crazed sex poodle.” The authors of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality say that a wily little hormone called testosterone is the culprit. Keep reading »
I happen to be very trusting of strangers—I trust that they are trying to screw with me, every chance that they get. But apparently, this is a very male trait—testosterone-packed dudes are not only gifted with strength and aggression, but also cynicism. In a study conducted at Cape Town University, 24 women around the age of 20 were given either testosterone or dummy pills and asked to rate the trustworthiness of strangers’ faces on a scale of -100 to +100. Those who ingested the testosterone pill judged the photos an average of 5% less trustworthy. Testosterone is believed to better prepare a person for competition, the ability to fight for resources, and to “watch their back” for danger. Taking the hormone made the women less open to deception and more vigilant in general. The scientists suggest that, historically, it’s been beneficial for women to be cooperative for survival. But now that we live in this sick, sad world, it might benefit us to pick up some of these testosterone traits. Keep reading »
A new study suggests that testosterone makes people act kinder and fairer, contrary to what you’d think. Participants in the study were all women who were asked to divvy up money, after getting a dose of testosterone or a placebo. Those who were given the placebo acted nasty because, according to researchers, testosterone‘s bad rap alone is enough to make people act out. However, women who got a lil’ man juice (eww) actually behaved more fairly and had fewer conflicts during social interactions. [Daily Mail UK]
I’m having a little trouble wrapping my head around all this. I just can’t believe that my idea of angry jocks, pumping iron and picking fights, is a myth. Oh wait! It’s not. See, researchers only used women. So what, exactly, have they proven? Seems to me, they’ve just shown that testosterone affects women differently than men. What do you think? Keep reading »
Apparently, testosterone has gone down 17 percent in the last 14 years among American men, and one member of the decreasingly masculine population has made a documentary, “An Emasculating Truth,” which asks: “What does it mean to be a man?” Oscar travels around the country, interviewing various people and attempting manly activities (lifting weights at Gold’s Gym on the Jersey Shore, going hunting, etc.) in an attempt to figure out where manliness has gone.
It looks pretty interesting, especially the part where GQ style columnist Glenn O’Brien says men will be eliminated in a thousand years and women will become lesbians and run the show, but we’re not sure if it’s a clever viral marketing campaign from Dockers (the documentary’s website says “Presented by Dockers” at the bottom) or if the khaki-pants-maker simply funded this clever inquiry into why men are spending so much on hair products and wearing too-tight jeans these days. “An Emasculating Truth” will be available to view online later this month. Keep reading »
Well, actually, male menopause is called “andropause.” But wordage aside, researchers are trying to prove there is a very real life change men experience in their silver fox years, akin to the infamous female hot flashin’ phase. Just as women stop ovulating, men see a steep drop in hormonal levels between the ages of 45-50. However, their low levels aren’t really evident until they start having medical problems in their 60’s. While some believe male menopause is merely a myth, certain medical researchers, like the European Association of Urology, are trying to link diabetes, obesity, depression, sensitive moobs, exhaustion and lack of sex drive all to the decrease in testosterone. Damn, that male hormone is causing more problems than our tanking economy! Doctors are running tests to find a possible solution, injecting testosterone into over-65 dudes, hoping to prove it can stave off the symptoms of old age. Hmm, could this be Mick Jagger’s secret new drug fix? [Guardian and Mayo Clinic]
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The boys are back in town! The guys of “Entourage,” that is. I’ve spent the last two Sundays demanding silence at ten o’clock. What can I say? I love testosterone TV. So why does a girly girl like me, who watches “Gossip Girl” and “90210,” have so much love for “bros before hos” shows? Find out after the jump. Keep reading »
Estrogen might be to women what testosterone is to men. Past research found that male traders made more money when their testosterone levels were high, and now new research has discovered a positive relationship between the level of estrogen and the unconscious need for dominance in women. “Estrogen is very behaviorally potent and is actually a close hormonal relative to testosterone,” said Steven Stanton, who was a part of the University of Michigan study. The study, published in Hormones and Behavior, says, that the positive relationship is the strongest in single women and those not taking oral contraceptives. [Reuters] Keep reading »