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Gay gaze

Thanks to BoingBoing for pointing us to this amazing study demonstrating that, while both men and women concentrate on faces when looking at pictures of men, men's eyes naturally wander south. This may not be news if the phrase 'my eyes are up here' is running through your head, but that isn't what the study showed. In fact, the truth is farther south. Just a touch below the equator.



It turns out that men have a considerable secondary focus on the nads of other men. The researchers also point out that:

Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site.

Which, sadly, helps explain why men like dogs. Big dogs.

Posted by Charles Star on 03/20/2007 | Permalink


Reading about that study on BB made me think about the recent trend of men hanging fake testicles from trailer hitches on their trucks. Sad.

Posted by: Evan | Mar 20, 2007 7:06:01 PM

The dog comparison is a little unfair -- I'm proud to say that we men (most of us, anyway) have come a long way from smelling crotches to just looking at them.

Posted by: Damian | Mar 20, 2007 11:57:24 PM

It's possible that guys are checking the baseball player out. But that area is also where a (base)ball would be most likely to appear in the frame. So maybe guys are just far more likely to scan for a (base)ball. After all, it looks like the reddest part of the lower splotch is on a rectangle on the guy's belt, rather than his... equipment.

Posted by: Dr. Phil | Mar 28, 2007 10:45:58 PM

That's pretty charitable, Dr. Phil. Did they look at the dogs' balls because they were shown pictures of schnauzers playing fetch?

Posted by: Charles Star | Mar 30, 2007 2:00:28 PM

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