By Gear Mobile
With the influx of several kinds of diseases which are transferrable through s£x, it is becoming very rampant for people to think of condoms no matter how engrossed or carried away they get in trying to find satisfaction S£xually. It is no news that men seem to be the gender who still hesitates when it comes to condom usage, so a study was done in order to find out what these men feel about using condoms.
Men who whine about wearing condoms — villains of s£x ed videos, defiers of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports and common sense — might protest even louder if they think their partners are hot.
When faced with the proposition of casually sleeping with a pretty woman, men are more eager to forgo condoms, according to a new scientific survey, than if they think their fling is less attractive.
Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol asked heteros£xual men to report their desire to have unprotected s£x with 20 women, based on photographs of the women’s faces. The scientists discovered men were much less apt to wear a condom if they believed a hypothetical partner had a prettier face, as the researchers wrote recently in the British Medical Journal Open. The study was small, just 51 subjects, but it adds to a growing body of evidence that both men and women want to relax safe-s£x standards for good-looking partners.
“Men are more willing to have condomless s£x with attractive women,” wrote lead author and University of Southampton public health researcher Anastasia Eleftheriou, in an email to The Washington Post. That holds true “even though they might believe that those women are more likely” to have a s£xually transmitted disease, she said.
The male subjects were not hugely varied in their demographics: The 51 heteros£xual men who made up the survey ranged in age from 19 to 61 years old, and all spoke English. Most men had lost their virginity at an average age of 18; the youngest was 13 and the oldest, 30. But there was quite a bit of variance in reported number of s£xual partners — the average was 10, though four responders had never had s£xual intercourse and one man said he had had s£x with 60 women.
While looking at a black-and-white portrait of a woman’s face, each man used a sliding scale, from of 0 to 100, to rate a) the woman’s attractiveness b) how likely he would be to sleep with her, if he were single c) how likely he would be to use a condom d) how many men like him, out a group of 100, would have unprotected s£x with the woman and e) the odds he thought this woman had a s£xually transmitted disease.
Not surprisingly, the closer a man rated a woman to 100, the higher his willingness was to have s£x with her. But the study subjects were split on whether or not the attractive women were more likely to have a s£xually transmitted disease.
Previous studies on perceived health and looks reflect this division, too. Some researchers have found that men view attractive women as more promiscuous, and therefore more likely to have been exposed to s£xually transmitted disease; others indicate humans broadly link good looks to good health. (One evolutionary psychology theory argues that facial symmetry, a significant factor in attractiveness, indicates a high resistance to parasites. Because we want our mates to be parasite-free, symmetry becomes pretty.)
Humans make a lot of assumptions about attractiveness, and many of them do not quite hit the mark. (Beauty is not skin deep, for instance, as bone structure has a dramatic influence on what we find attractive.) In this study, the scientists reported a few surprising incongruities: Some men who rated the women at high risks for s£xually transmitted diseases — the men who believed many other men would have unprotected s£x with a woman — also rated themselves as likely to have unprotected s£x.
In other words, even though the men thought having s£x with a particular woman was apt to be risky, they would not take any additional measures to protect themselves.
To explain the apparent incongruity, Eleftheriou’s co-author Roger Ingham, a s£xual health expert at the University of Southampton, offered two possible reasons. First, it is lack of contraception as an evolutionary holdover, he wrote to The Washington Post in an email. That is, “men want to reproduce with women they find to be more attractive,” he said. Or it could be that young men attach high status to having s£x with attractive women, “and so are willing to take more risk to acquire this status.” Or, perhaps, it is a mixture of both motivations.
When asked if the reverse would seem to hold true — are men more likely to use condoms with women whom they find less desirable? — Eleftheriou replied, “Yes. We found a strong correlation between the two variables that works both ways.”
Eleftheriou and Ingham want to use this information to create better s£x education. Ingham points out that s£x ed traditionally assumes people are rational actors, but studies like this one show that is not the case when a man thinks about having s£x with an attractive woman. Eleftheriou is exploring ways to create computer games to promote s£xual health, targeted at young populations.
As mentioned, the sample size was small — though Eleftheriou pointed out it could still detect trends. In the paper, the scientists note that the survey was taken in the presence of a female researcher, which previous studies have shown to affect male responses. Likewise, this study did not take into account alcohol or arousal, both factors when making decisions about condoms. And, finally, Ingham acknowledged that the study was limited to heteros£xual males. “It would indeed be of great interest to repeat the study using men who have s£x with men,” he said, “to explore if similar patterns of results are obtained.”
In surprising s£x news: Men don’t hate using condoms as much as you might think they do, according to a new study published in the International Journal of S£xual Health.
Researchers conducted two studies at large universities in 2009 and 2010. The first study looked at 462 students ages 18-38, and the second study looked at 182 students ages 18-42. In each study, the students completed identical online surveys about their opinions on condom use and how they thought the opposite s£x felt about them.
The results of both studies showed that men did feel more negatively about using condoms than women did, but there were no gender differences in intentions to use them. So even if the guys didn’t love the idea of using rubbers, they sucked it up and wrapped it up anyway. And here’s the really interesting part: When women were asked how they thought men felt about using condoms, women guessed men felt way more negatively about them than they actually do.
So sure, men aren’t the biggest fans of condoms but they actually don’t hate them as much as you think they do. In fact, a recent study found that both . So why are men getting such a bad rap when it comes to birth control? It may be that we’re just not communicating with our partners about this stuff—especially college-age adults, which made up the majority of this study sample.
The bottom line: It’s crucial to be on the same page as your partner when it comes to preventing pregnancy and STDs. And even if a guy isn’t amped about using condoms, he probably doesn’t hate it as much as you think he does—after all, he’s still having s£x, right?