Okay, the days are drawing in, the mornings are darker, the nights colder and Christmas is a long way off and no matter how many Grinch or Elf quotes I see on FB and Tw, no one is going to convince me otherwise. But never fear, there are some good sides to Fall/ Winter 16/17. I know this, because science tells me it is so. P.S. most but not all of these have to do with sex.
Okay, here we go.
Men find the same woman more sexually enticing as the winter progresses
This helpful titbit comes from the blog The Psychology of Human Sexuality who did a nifty bit of research showing that men who were shown the same picture of a woman’s body throughout the year, were more sexually aroused (no, I don’t know how they measured that. Answers on a postcard please) in December as in any other month. However, the same study found this only applied to pictures of bodies and not faces, so save those smiles for the ones who are worthy.
Quick turn off the TV… it’s the Dove ladies and Uncle Harry hasn’t had his meds yet.
December is the most sexed up month of the year
According to a study by sex toy firm Lovehoney, people have more sex in December than at any other time of the year. They claim this is because skin is in shorter supply and a small glimpse sets the pulse racing quicker… could be. Look at the Victorians. Legs were banned and they were mad for it. I know, I watch TV! However, I’m thinking, lots of booze filled office parties and get together with old friends might also have something to do with it. And yes, this is subjective antidotal evidence, but … shrug.
Putting on more clothes makes you horny
Say what? Apparently, we’re back to the Victorian’s again here, but wearing layers and feeling well wrapped up is a huge aphrodisiac, or so they say. It’s all to do with how being wrapped up make you take shallower breaths and this sends blood inwards… and downwards. You can ask Jezebel if you don’t believe me.
No, I have no idea what’s going on here either.
And last but not least…
The books we read in winter are better than our summer choices
This claim comes from the good people at Barnes & Noble who make their money out of knowing such things. The idea is, the books we buy for holiday reading during the summer are selected for their easy pick-up and put-down titles. That way, when we get too hot and need to take a dip, or decide to go off for a lazy 5 hour lunch or just get drunk on white wine at midday, we don’t feel like we’re missing out.
The good books, the ones we’re excited about, that sit on top of the TBR pile, we keep for winter. Christmas holidays, and the long January and February nights are the perfect time for us to indulge in books with great cabin fever fighting capabilities. At this time of year we are more likely to pay attention to the books we read and to concentrate on the storyline. So, if you haven’t stared War and Peace yet, now might be the time… but remember, be prepared to shelve it if your other half starts giving you funny looks last seen around this time last year!
P.S. Dead Memories. The 2nd book in the Carol Ann Baker series is out December 19th.