Dossiers Sexologiques

21 February 2008

You thought match-making, with fast dating and Internet chat rooms cannot get any better? Think again. A new Internet company scientificmatch.com uses the science to sell their product. Here you can get your DNA screened to find your perfect, scientific, match. Supposedly.

If you already found a perfect match you might be interested in visiting globalorgasm.org. Here, you are encouraged to take part in simultaneous orgasm with millions of people around the world while thinking of peace and harmony in order to make the world a better place. Apart from dodgy scientific ideas about how our minds may influence the spiritual state of the planet’s energy, you might encounter another problem…Many people have enough difficulty trying to climax at the same time as their partner, let alone synchronise with millions of people! But what exactly is needed for great, simultaneous orgasms? Love? Years of experience and practicing?

Some research suggests women may have evolved to subconsciously synchronise their orgasms with men they find more attractive – more ‘sponge worthy’ as Elaine, character from the popular 90s sitcom Seinfeld would say (sponge refers to a contraceptive device which got retracted from production so Elaine only had a limited supply and she wasn’t going to waste them on just anyone!). The benefits of having handsome, genetically fit men father their children would have driven the evolution of such behaviour. More recent research suggests the perfect age difference between man and a woman is around 15 years. This may explain why we often see older men marrying young women-they have evolved to do so.

Dancing may be another way to detect your perfect partner. A study featured on cover issue of the Nature magazine in 2005 found that more symmetrical people danced better. This was especially prominent in men and less symmetrical men valued symmetry in women dancers less than more symmetrical men. All of these finding agree with the predictions from the evolutionary biology that dance is a sexual courtship signal in humans (as postulated by Darwin in his The Descent of Man, 1896). Dancing reveals something about the looks (symmetry and thereby genetic quality) of the dancer and so better quality mates are able to dance better which is picked upon by other good quality mates, especially women. In effect, dancing appears to be a courtship display by men for the choosy women. Interestingly, bad male dancers (less attractive to females) don’t mind bad female dancers, lowering their preferences according to their own looks.