14 September 2004

Infidelity is 'in the genes'

This is a BBC article:

Women with steady partners may still be tempted to sleep around - but mainly on certain days of the month, say researchers.
A BBC documentary explains how human sexual instincts are so strong that some women's preferences may alter significantly while they are ovulating.

While her partner might be a better bet to bring up children and support her, another man might carry genes which mean healthier, stronger children.

Serial cuckold

Morgan Wise, a train driver from Big Spring in Texas, found this out when his youngest son was found to have cystic fibrosis, a devastating lung disorder caused by a single faulty gene.

Morgan Wise found he had fathered none of his sons

Both mother and father must carry the gene to produce a cystic fibrosis child, and Morgan duly went for a gene test to confirm he was a carrier.

The test proved negative - effectively proving that he was not the child's father.

He told the BBC: "The doctor said: 'You are not a carrier of cystic fibrosis.' I couldn't believe it."

There was worse to come. Subsequent DNA tests revealed that not one of Morgan's three sons was fathered by him.

One in 10

However, researchers suggest that this is by no means an isolated event.

One study suggested that one in 10 children are being raised by men who are unaware that they are not the father.

A more "masculine" face - better during fertile period

A study at the University of Stirling seems to pinpoint the instinct which might tempt some women to stray around the time of the month they are fertile.

Two groups of female volunteers were picked.

One was tested during their ovulation, the other at another point in her cycle.

Each was shown a computer image of a male face which they could adjust electronically to make appear more or less masculine, using features such as the thickness of the neck and the squareness of the jaw.

While the group not ovulating tended to prefer their men with slightly more feminine feature, at the point of ovulating, the women strongly preferred their men masculine.

This, say scientists, is down to instinct - while more feminine features might signify a man with less testosterone who is more likely to prove a steady partner, the stronger features they preferred at ovulation might indicate a better set of genes, producing a stronger or healthier child.


Sham said...

Nah.. I think this study is useless.

The result of an experiment on a small section of the population can not be generalized to the whole population (spanning differnt ethnic communities)

The study at the university mentioned might just be done to get 'fancy results' for the grants they write.. thats all.

Vijayalaxmi said...

It is true that women have different sex drives at different times. You dont need to refer to the study to know this. So, when the sex drives vary, why not the preferences? The comment by anonymous sums up whatever I had to say.

Malcolm-X said...

I'm so sorry but this is too much to call it scientific experience!!! For such experiments should detail the characteristics of the chosen group in terms of behavior and genes, as well as the group should be representative of all types of human beings in terms of race, culture, lifestyle....you can not just conclude from such "scientific" experiment!!!

Humans are INDEPENDENT, FREE & CAN CHOOSE, genes, or environment for sure have an impact but at the end it's you who choose to let your impulses guide you or whether you guide them.

Whenever I see such kind of articles I believe more n more and they saying: "people hate freedom" you'd tell me how can people hate freedom. I'll tell you because the other side of the Freedom Coin is Responsability. Being free means being responsible and accountable. So to come back to this post I can say with quite confidence that instead of saying that these women "chose" NOT to control thier impulses and cheat thier partners "fake science" conforts them by saying do not blame yourselves, you're innocent it's your GENES who did. Bad genes!!

Always blam someone/something else than yourself!!!

Vijayalaxmi said...

Well, I never blamed it all on genes. As I have insisted, it can be just one factor. I repeat, there is no REAL REASON. The question 'Why Women Cheat?' itself reeks of chauvinism, anyway. Read the anonymous comment for my previous blog.

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