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Science is confirming the already known

Does Beer (Goggling) Affect Whom We Find Attractive?

Alcohol often gets blamed for sexual assignations that, in the bright light of the next morning, seem unwise. It’s called beer-goggling, but does it really exist? Does drinking actually affect how your brain evaluates the attractiveness of other faces, or do we just use alcohol as an excuse to hook up with the first willing target?

There’s no better place to ask such questions than in Britain, where the culture of alcohol and inappropriate sex is so ingrained that it is subjected to rigorous academic inquiry. Recently, a pair of research psychologists — Vincent Egan of the University of Leicester and Giray Cordan of the University of Exeter — completed a survey of 240 subjects, half of whom had been drinking, to find out how drinkers and non-drinkers experience attraction. What they found was interesting, if a bit creepy. (Learn about addiction and the brain.)

The creepy part has to do with how all people, not just drinkers, rate the attractiveness of minors. Researchers have known for years that adults have a deep appreciation for neoteny, the retention of juvenile features like large eyes and baby-smooth skin in adults. Our fondness for neoteny is both obvious — most people find other people with youthful features to be attractive — and unsettling. Appreciating neotenous features isn’t the same as being sexually attracted to children, but at least one study has found that average, college-age heterosexual males and child molesters share remarkably similar (and deeply neotenous) attractions: high cheekbones, unwrinkled eyes, glabrous skin.

Evolution, in short, favors nubile females who still look like they have a great many years of fertility ahead of them. Evolutionary impulses are more complicated for women, who tend to seek men who are powerful and can provide maximum care for their offspring, and such men aren’t always young-looking. Gay men have two equally enthusiastic subcultures favoring twinks or bears — guys who look like they are in their teens and guys who look like they could be your dad.

No shit: youth is attractive.

(In regards to alcohol being a factor in molestation, it could factor in being that it removes inhibition.)

I’ve been seeing more and more of these articles in the MSM that backup what most people inherently understand about biomechanics and sex, but won’t admit or say out loud. It’s the same reason guys like girls to shave their bits clean.

But the article avoids the beer goggles question, which is why men will settle for whatever gnarly trash that will spread her legs when he is shit-canned. Once again, a lack of inhibition. The lack of caring about what the mate rises and the urge to plow any field (fertile or not) goes up. That’s why it’s bad to get drunk at the club – do that at dive bars, pool halls and at home.

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