Monday, January 02, 2006

Enjoying the view....

A comment by my wife got me to thinking the other day. Men are quite naturally attracted to a woman's derriere. This has an evolutionary basis after all, men and women started having missionary sex relatively recently evolutionarily speaking. Before that, "Doggie Style" was the norm. And of course a view of a female's genitalia would be one way to advertise when the female was in estrus. Women can of course have sex whenever the urge arises but our closest living animal relatives, the Bonobos and Chimpanzees have sex only when they are in estrus as do most mammals (and from behind as well). So it is reasonable to think that this is an evolutionary holdover. But hey, I'm certainly not complaining!

A woman's breasts are also attractive because they resemble, in general terms, the inverted heart shape of a woman's rear end. Large breasts also scream psychologically that the woman would make a good mother to the man's offspring because she could provide plenty of milk. This is actually not really true, size actually has little to do with the amount of milk that can be produced, but there is the psychological hang up that "bigger is better". This resemblance is also true of the Chimps, but not of other mammals or even lesser monkeys, so this is likely to be a relatively more recent instinct.

The above statements are to my understanding, not all that controversial among evolutionary biologists.

Now, to what my wife said that started this thought experiment.

My wife was watching male figure skating on the TV yesterday and made the comment that "It's too bad most of them are gay, most of them have such nice asses." Now, evolutionarilly speaking, what would be the reason for a woman to be attracted to a man's ass? Is it a manifestation of the male attraction to a woman's butt? Is it the same instinctive behavior that has a valid basis in one context, but not in another? Or is it a manifestation of a woman looking for the best mate on the basis that a large gluteus maximus muscle would indicate he could run quickly and therefore hunt prey better and get away from predators? Or is there another basis for the behavior?

You see what sinus drugs do to me? I start wondering about the wierdest things....

7 Comments:

Blogger Digitaldon37 said...

Ror*, there is still time to delete this post before anyone else reads it...

January 03, 2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Don, what are you trying to say? =D

January 03, 2006 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Tom Bazan said...

Wondering if...Not going to ask.

January 03, 2006 8:21 PM  
Anonymous ttyler5@hotmail.com said...

ror, the whole just shoots Darwin all to hell ...

January 05, 2006 9:35 PM  
Anonymous ttyler5@hotmail.com said...

:^D :^D :^D :^D What a typo, in this context!

Rather,

"ror, the whole subject just shoots Darwin all to hell ..."

January 05, 2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Tom, all typo jokes aside, I just don't see your point. After all the whole post was about the evolution driven behaviors exhibited by humans.

January 06, 2006 8:25 AM  
Blogger TxGoodie said...

Well, sir, speaking as one that used to be a female (not that I've had "the operation"...rather that after I got my mini-paws...well u get moi drift...), I'd have to say that women like something to hold on to that missionary with (dreadful grammar!). And, I assure you, we're checking out the packages too!

January 06, 2006 9:00 AM  

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