New scientific research has suggested that women are actually the more visual of the two sexes, and further, men are actually quite often aroused by smells. Not just the smell of a woman’s armpits or vagina, a place loaded with pheromones, but even smells like lavender and pumpkin. There is some truth to the old idea of the aphrodisiac.”

I think most women keep their sexuality compartmentalized (unlike men, who tend to be more fully sexual beings) and so some of the things you’ve named might indeed keep women from bothering to notice attractive people. But that’s socialization in play. If women were allowed to be fully sexual beings too, given what this new research is indicating, they’d be checking out men several times a minute as well. I’ve noticed that since we are no longer monogamous, I notice men (and attractive women) a lot more than I used to.

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