Over the years, despite numerous controversies and the shadow surrounding this topic, science has taught us that sex is actually beneficial, apart from being pleasant and the main reproduction means. It seems that it’s very good for the brain and kissing helps us discover who may be our biological mate. However, according to a new study, which the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society recently published, more and more people nowadays find sex disgusting. In fact, this research claims that humans actually evolved to distinguish a certain level of disgust when it comes to sexual activities.
It seems that there are six main types of disgust, and women are the one who feel them more than men. After surveying over 2,500 people and giving them 74 potential disgusting scenarios, the team reached a conclusion. They volunteers were asked to rate these revolting scenarios from “no disgust” to “extreme disgust”. Those included visible infections, bodily functions and things like sneezes and coughs in the open. It seems that these six categories are hygiene, food, unusual appearance, sex, lesions and animals. Infected wounds got the first place for the most disgusting scenario, closely followed by a precarious body hygiene.
The science of disgust
It’s worth noting that scientists have talked about disgust as an emotion for quite some time. In the past, it helped people avoid infections and dangers. Now, it has to do more with our social norms. According to Val Curtis, a senior author on the study, we knew some things about disgust, but it seems that it’s more to that. Disgust is good for us but it’s also a structured phenomenon that has evolved with the human race.
When it came to women, they found risky sexual behaviors and wounded animals the most disgusting things. This is probably because men tend to get involved in riskier behavior than women, in all areas, not just sex.
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