Posted by: Tobias | July 29, 2008

The joys of ovulation

And speaking of animals: Why assume that us humans are so far above animals. Much of our behavior still bears witness to our evolutionary past. Like this report from the strip clubs of New Mexico:

Unlike their sisters in the animal kingdom, human females don’t openly advertise their ovulation. But even without a human version of the baboon’s bright pink behind, signs of fertility sneak out, according to several studies. Subconsciously, women dress more provocatively and men find them prettier when it’s prime time for conception. And a report from the University of New Mexico demonstrates that the cyclic signs have economic consequences.

Psychologist Geoffrey Miller and colleagues tapped the talent at local gentlemen’s clubs and counted tips made on lap dances. Dancers made about $70 an hour during their peak period of fertility, versus about $35 while menstruating and $50 in between.

Why can I never think up such great ideas for my master thesis?



  1. Tobi wrote:
    Why can I never think up such great ideas for my master thesis?

    In other words, you want to hang around all night in strip clubs (because to be clear on that: real gentlemen seldomly go to what Miller calls “gentlemen’s clubs” ) only to claim that you’re conducting an economic field study 😉

  2. I think the research needs to be conducted in different countries to get the right validation! In case you need subjects visiting the clubs and providing tips, assessing cultural differences between the bars / drink / ladies, I am available! I will forget any of the information in the article and volunteer to be of any assistance.

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