This Week in Sex: Beer Goggles, Why Women Cheat

By Playboy.com Staff

<p>Lots of sex news to report this week. Check out stories ranging from science proving beer goggles to cheating women's motivations.</p>


Science Proves “Beer Goggles”

The term “beer goggles” refers to alcohol’s purported ability to alter your perception of someone you’d normally never ever pick up into that night’s  bed companion. From the comfort of barstools it’s long been debated whether beer goggles are a real phenomenon or a convenient excuse, and now science is here to settle the dispute.

According to a new study from the University of Bristol, test participants given alcohol consistently rated photos of human faces as attractive, while a control group given a booze-free placebo drink varied in their opinions. The researchers see this as proof that alcohol does affect our perception of who we find desirable. Keep this finding in mind the next time you hit the bar for a drink or 12. (Via TheFrisky.com)

Girl Band Sings While Orgasming

Singing, and playing music in general, is a difficult thing to do well. It takes talent, practice and concentration. Dutch girl band ADAM do a pretty good job singing their single “Go to Go” even though there’s a major distraction occurring during their performance—each of the women is being pleasured to the point of orgasm with a vibrator. You can watch the video for yourself right here—don’t worry, it’s safe for work as you only see the clothed top halves of each of the women. For a video many would consider risqué it’s surprisingly cute, and the women’s facial expressions and attempts to stay focused are adorable:

Virginity Auction Called Off

In past editions of This Week in Sex we covered the virginity auction of 28-year-old Hannah Kern (under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Raine), the “Med School Virgin” who was selling her maidenhead via the Internet to the highest bidder. Similar stunts have been attempted before by other women, but this auction drew particular notice as Kern’s situation—she’s beautiful, studying for a combined PhD/MD and claims not to need the money—captured the media’s attention in a way none of her predecessors did.

Now it’s all over: the auction ended with Kern receiving a winning $801,000 bid, but she’s calling off the sexual encounter and not accepting the money. The winner is refusing to go through any form of a vetting process, which was one of Kern’s conditions to seal the deal. It’s also being reported that many of the highest bids might be fakes. Unfortunately, Kern faces at least two major consequences: the publicity company running the auction may sue her to get the money they were supposed to be paid from the bid and the dean of her school has booked a meeting for possible disciplinary action. Depending on how these issues work out, Kern might be in our sex news roundup yet again. (Via HuffingtonPost.com)

Your Partner Knows if You’re Sexually Satisfied

New research from the Canadian University of Waterloo indicates those in long-term relationships can “just tell” if their partners are sexually satisfied. The researchers came to this conclusion by giving 84 heterosexual married or cohabiting couples a survey asking both about their own levels of sexual satisfaction and to estimate how sexually fulfilled their partners were. When the results were compared, the subjects were able to estimate their significant other’s level of sexual satisfaction to a highly accurate degree.

Next, to see if it’s possible to pick up on facial and subconscious cues, the researchers had the test subjects view photos of people’s eyes and made them guess what emotion the photographed person was experiencing and trying to convey. Again the results were highly accurate even among those test subjects who told the researchers they didn’t believe they had good communication skills. So if you’re unhappy with your sex life, talk about it and get it out in the open because your partner might suspect your dissatisfaction anyway. (Via YourTango.com)

Is This Why Married Women Cheat?

Stereotypically, it’s believed that men cheat because they want more sex and women cheat because they are emotionally unhappy with their relationship. But new information gleaned from a dating website might be proving that assumption wrong. AshleyMadison.com is a site that caters to married men and women looking to cheat on their spouses. Recently they surveyed 74,600 women from 26 different countries who are members of the site about their motivations to seek out an affair.

In the United States, slightly more than one in five (22 percent) of the women who responded said they were looking for an affair because their husbands were not having sex with them at all. The percentage of cheating women in those countries who cite sexless marriage as the reason for seeking an affair was lower in other countries—18 percent in the U.K., Spain with 12 percent, France with nine percent and Italy and Brazil tied with eight percent—but it still indicates sex and not only emotion is a factor driving women’s infidelity. (Via MedicalDaily.com)

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