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Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Shelby
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
While a little bit gross, this activity was really fun and really, really fascinating. I understood it so much more than the Disgust Study we did earlier. Upon smelling all of the tee-shirts, I generally caught the scent of vinegar (immediately denoting a BAD smell for me). Only a few times did I find the tee-shirts to not smell at all or even smell good! Maybe this relates to my birth control? I did not expect our surveys to be centered around birth control so it makes me think that my pill plays a large role in how attractive other men are. It would definitely make sense seeing as, upon starting my pill, I lost almost any and all interest in sex or men in general. So, maybe, the pill makes the natural pheromones of men generally smell worse? Another thing I would be interested in seeing would be the effect... read more ❯
Shelby's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I found the Disgust Study to be very interesting. I found it a lot harder to rate a person as “attractive” if I had just been disgusted. I also had a little bit of trouble with the rating system. The “0-3” system did not resonate with me. I did not know whether to rate an average person as “1” or as a “2”. “2” seemed a little high for average but “1” was a little low. I think it would have been more effective (for at least) if the study had been out of either “5” or “10”. That way I would have had more room to decide whether I found a subject “attractive” or slightly “above average” or “below average”. With such a small scale, there is no wiggle room for feelings. Also, I would have found it easier to rate subjects if the picture was clearer. I find... read more ❯
Jessica's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
After completing the disgust study, I found the activity to be very interesting. At first the class was shown pictures of furniture then was asked to rate of variety of faces on a scale from one to ten. A couple weeks later we were shown a variety of disgusting pictures then was asked to rate the same faces on a scale from one to ten. When rating the faces the second time, I did not think I was rating them any different from the first time. However, when started the class discussion I realized that I did rate certain faces higher after being exposed to the disgusting pictures. There were some faces that I rated the same both times. During the discussion it made sense why I did rate some faces higher the second time around. I think that when someone is exposed to a neutral photo (i.e. the furniture)... read more ❯
Lauren's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Upon arriving to class one day we were told to watch the screen as pieces of furniture were displayed and changed periodically. After watching furniture for a minute we were shown pictures of a few different people and told to rate them on attractiveness. I figured that the furniture was shown to us to clear our minds, being an everyday item and not too exciting. When rating the faces I did not find too many people attractive and did not think my thoughts had been influenced by the furniture. A week or so later we were shown disgusting pictures in a slideshow. Knowing that we would be rating faces again, I thought that maybe we were being shown these gross things to make us believe that the people were more attractive than before, as if the normal images would be a relief. With this in mind, when rating the faces... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Brook
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Overall, I found the sweaty t-shirt activity to be incredibly interesting. I have learned a great deal in class thus far, and am looking forward to what I will continue to learn regarding sexuality and why/how humans behave in certain ways. Smelling the t-shirts was not even half as unpleasant as I originally thought it was going to be. In my opinion, the majority of the shirts I smelled reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, so it was a very nostalgic activity for me to take part in. Men can have a certain smell that seems to just exude “sex”, or what might make me think of sex. There were a few t-shirts that smelled like what I would assume is what that individual’s house or apartment smells like; very “indoorsy” and clean. There was also one t-shirt in particular that had a horrible stench to it. It smelled sour, almost like... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Kimberly
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
In order to complete this activity I had to smell approximately twenty t-shirts worn by my classmates and determine which shirts had an attractive smell, an unattractive smell or no discernible smell.  I have to admit, I was not looking forward to this activity.  In the end, I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.  I’m guessing the guys who participated are reasonably responsible (they were the ones who actually completed their part of the activity) and probably shower regularly!  I didn't think any of the shirts actually had a pleasant smell.  Most were neutral but a few were unpleasant.  It’s possible that the smell of the plastic bags may have interfered with my ability to smell the shirts.  I am assuming we were required to participate in this activity in order to determine the role smell plays in sexual attraction and how a woman’s menstrual cycle affects her choices.  I was... read more ❯
Kimberly's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
For this activity we were asked to look at photographs of furniture without being told why.  After looking at the furniture, we were shown photographs of several males and females of different races and asked to rate their attractiveness.  A few classes later we were shown photographs of people with disgusting sores and diseases.  Afterward, we were shown the same photographs of the people and asked to again rate their attractiveness.   Previous studies have shown that women are supposed to find people more attractive after being disgusted by the photographs of the sores/diseases.  I believe both males and females in the class rated the subjects higher in the second session with a few exceptions.  I had a difficult time participating in this activity.  Because the age of the subjects in the photographs was appropriate for the typical college student, they were all young enough to be my children!  For this... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Will
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Since I am a male I was given a plain white T-shirt in class and told to wear it at least 2 nights then seal it back in its Ziploc bag. While wearing the shirt it had to be on for a minimum of six hours for two nights. If I was going to choose to shower while conducting this experiment. I had to take a shower precisely 1 hour before putting on the T-shirt. Before getting into bed with the shirt I would have to do 30 jumping jacks before going to bed, so that some of my body odor would stick to the shirt. I was not allowed to drink, smoke, wear cologne,body spray, deodorant, eat smelly foods, and zero sex with the shirt on. While doing all of this I also had to measure the length of my fingers for my left and right hands and record... read more ❯
Jennifer's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
For the disgust study we had in class, my answers did not change towards the people. Being disgusted or not, I felt the same way about the people’s attractiveness. I learned that for most people their feelings did change when they were disgusted. It was very interesting to find out the increased percentages on rating attractiveness that changed after people were disgusted. It makes sense that people found the pictures more attractive after viewing disturbing pictures. But I would like to know why I personally did not find the people more attractive after I watched the gruesome pictures. What factors, if any, did I manipulate? Doing this study makes me realize we have many factors that determine our daily decisions and we should recognize the factors that play into each situation we are faced with. read more ❯
Will's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The disgust study was where the students individually observed pictures of various males and females posing with a neutral emotion. They were asked to rate how much more or how much less attractive each person was from the previous participant observed. I remember there were a couple of flaws that were not taken into account with the data when we went over the results in class, such as the diversity and different ethnicities that make up our classroom. I found it slightly odd that numerous male participants observed were rated more attractive than the one before by the males in our class rather than the opposite-sex. The females seemed to be less aggressive when deciding the increase or decrease in a subjects attractiveness especially dealing with same sex when compared to the males. I feel like this study should be repeated two times per month since females desire two types... read more ❯

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