A recent study found that men are less likely to throw on a jimmy hat if their partner is hot.
From ARS Technica:
In a survey of 51 heterosexual men between the ages of 19 and 61 published in BMJ Open, researchers found that men’s intentions to use a condom during casual sex varied based on the perceived attractiveness of their potential partner. Specifically, the more attractive a woman seemed to each participant, the lower their intention to use a condom during sex—even if the woman seemed to have a relatively higher risk of having a sexually transmitted infection.
Though the study was small, the finding backs up several others that have found that perceived hotness of a potential sex partner is a key determinant in people’s decisions on whether to have sex and have safe sex (for men and women). And together, the studies suggest that discussions about people’s biases on particularly steamy flings could improve sex education.
Researchers showed the participants 20 photos of women’s faces, following each headshot with three simple questions: Would you hit it? Would you wrap it? And how likely is it that her gash is infected? Results indicated that a high probability of her having an STI was irrelevant to most men. In fact, some sick fucks thought it was a turn-on.
Next, each participant was shown black-and-white pictures of 20 women’s faces and asked:
Please rate the attractiveness of the following woman
If you were single, how likely would you be to have sex with this woman should the opportunity arise?
If you were single and you were to have sex with this woman, how likely is it that you would use a condom?
How likely is this woman to have an STI?
The higher a woman’s attractiveness rating, the more men were interested in having sex with her and the less interested they were in using a condom. And attractiveness didn’t link up with perceived STI risks. In fact, some men were most attracted to women they thought had a high risk of STIs, while others were highly attracted to ladies who they perceived would have a low risk of those infections.
I mean, the study is kind of pointless because if the woman gives the man the green light, then he’s going in raw no matter what (unless there’s a visible sore or wart or some nasty shit). All men are savages in the heat of the moment. We just stick it in there and say a silent prayer… please, God, just not AIDS. It’s up to her to slow us down and be responsible.
But if I were to look at this study from the perspective of a responsible, imaginary male, then these results make total sense. Our minds associate attractiveness with wellness. If she’s a babe, the brain tells the dick, “She’s healthy as fuck… no way you’re getting sick in there.” But if she’s grimy-looking, the big head tells the little one, “You see that tattoo of a rose that looks like it was carved into her fat stomach with a paperclip? She clearly makes poor choices… better protect yourself.” Then the dick’s like, “Nah man we straight.” Because like I said, “more likely to put on a condom” still means we goin’ in bald almost every time if she lets us..
[via ARS Technica]
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