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In a species that reproduces sexually, sexual attraction is an attraction to other members of the same species for sexual or erotic activity. This type of attraction often occurs amongst individuals of a sexually-reproducing species, although in many species it serves no immediate reproductive goal – indeed, some sexual behavior among primates is undertaken as a social activity. Certain aspects of what is sexually attractive to humans may differ amongst particular cultures or regions. Influencing factors may be determined more locally among sub-cultures or simply by the preferences of the individual. These preferences come about as a result of a complex variety of genetic, psychological, and cultural factors. The sexual attraction of one person to another depends on both people. For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Reproduction (disambiguation) Reproduction is the biological process by which new individual organisms are produced. ... Sexual reproduction is a union that results in increasing genetic diversity of the offspring. ... Look up Attraction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Much of human sexual attractiveness is governed by physical attractiveness. This involves the impact one's appearance has on the senses, especially in the beginning of a relationship: Features such as a symmetrical face, full lips, and low waist-hip ratio, are commonly considered physically attractive when part of a female, because they are thought to indicate physical health and high fertility to a potential mate. ... Senses are the physiological methods of perception. ...

  • Visual perception (how the other looks and acts);
  • Olfaction (how the other smells, naturally or artificially; the wrong smell may be repellent);
  • Audition (how the other's voice and/or movements sound).

As with other animals, pheromones may also enter into the picture, though less significantly. Theoretically, the "wrong" pheromone may cause someone to be disliked, even when they would otherwise appear attractive. Frequently a pleasant smelling perfume is used to encourage the member of the opposite sex to more deeply inhale the air surrounding its wearer[citation needed], increasing the probability that the pheromones from the individual will also be inhaled. The importance of pheromones in human relationships is probably limited and is widely disputed,[1] although it appears to have some scientific basis.[2] In psychology, visual perception is the ability to interpret visible light information reaching the eyes which is then made available for planning and action. ... Young boy smelling a flower Olfaction, which is also known as Olfactics is the sense of smell, and the detection of chemicals dissolved in air. ... Hearing (or audition) is one of the traditional five senses, and refers to the ability to detect sound. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying and screaming. ... Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter as a wave. ... Fanning honeybee exposes Nasonov gland (white-at tip of abdomen) releasing pheromone to entice swarm into an empty hive A pheromone is a chemical that triggers an innate behavioural response in another member of the same species. ... Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. ... Look up air in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Probability is the likelihood that something is the case or will happen. ...


For sexually attractive visual appearances, see physical attractiveness. Features such as a symmetrical face, full lips, and low waist-hip ratio, are commonly considered physically attractive when part of a female, because they are thought to indicate physical health and high fertility to a potential mate. ...

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Other aspects

Many people exhibit high levels of sexual fetishism, and are sexually stimulated by other stimuli not normally associated with sexual arousal. The degree to which such fetishism exists or has existed in different cultures is controversial. Wikinews has related news: Dr. Joseph Merlino on sexuality, insanity, Freud, fetishes and apathy Sexual fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to (a) specific part(s) of the human body and/or (b) non-living objects as an overwhelming alternative to the sexuality of a man or a...


See also

Erotic capital (Green 2005) is a term that builds on Pierre Bourdieus (1980) concept of capital, and is one among other species of capital, including social capital, symbolic capital, and cultural capital. ... Stature redirects here. ... Variation in the physical appearance of humans is believed by anthropologists to be an important factor in the development of personality and social relations in particular physical attractiveness. ... In social psychology, interpersonal attraction (known as biological attraction in animals/insects) is the attraction between people which leads to friendships and romantic relationships. ... Lookism is discrimination against or prejudice towards others based on their appearance. ... Features such as a symmetrical face, full lips, and low waist-hip ratio, are commonly considered physically attractive when part of a female, because they are thought to indicate physical health and high fertility to a potential mate. ... The Semiotics of Ideal Beauty examines whether there can ever be an objective measurement of beauty or whether the concept and appreciation of beauty will always remain in flux as cultures evolve and establish new standards of physical attractiveness. ... Turn on redirects here. ... Sex in advertising is the use of sexual attraction as a tool of persuasion to draw interest to a particular product, for purpose of sale, generally using attractive models. ... Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size, between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ... Illustration from The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin showing the Tufted Coquette Lophornis ornatus, female on left, ornamented male on right. ... Marilyn Monroe, one of the most iconic and famous female sex symbols of all time. ...

References

  1. ^ Will pheromones make you irresistible to the opposite sex?. The Straight Dope. Retrieved on November 30, 2006.
  2. ^ First Evidence of a Human Response to Pheromones. ScientificAmerican.com. Retrieved on November 30, 2006.

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Notes

  • Menstrual cycle, trait estrogen level, and masculinity preferences in the human voice

External links

  • Sexual Attraction Among Humans
  • FaceResearch – Scientific research and online studies on the role of faces in sexual attraction
  • Reunions Set Off Sex Urges, Article on sexual attraction among birth relatives sparked by reunion.
  • Genetic sexual attraction, News report in the Guardian on persons who have had sexual relationships with or sexually attracted to relatives after reunion.
  • www.lookism.info deconstruction of attraction and beauty standards

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