Equally Wicked, But Different

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Equally Wicked, But Different

Men and women are equal. Equal under the law, and equal in career opportunity. But men and women are not the same.

  As much as we celebrate gender equality, we should also honor the amazing and wonderful differences between guys and gals. Recently, two neuroscientists from Boston Univerity completed the largest experiment ever in the sheer amount of data collected and analyzed. They collected billions of internet searches from men and women and have published the results in A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Shows Reveals About Human Desire.
The data analysis of these searches supports the notion that men's and women's brains are naturally wired with sexual cues that are very different. Men's cues are visual, and men tend to require fewer cues. For example, a man can be aroused simply by seeing a picture or a video of woman have an orgasm. Women do not seek such images of men. For men, physical arousal and mental arousal seem to go together. Just seeing the picture is enough to cause full arousal in men.

Meanwhile, women require many cues. Often a single image is not enough, and women seek more information, more context about the sexual scenario. The male brain readies a man for sex at the sight of a single image. The female brain is more investigatory, seeking more information about the man.