Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity

Women Like Nudity Too
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It's easy to obsess over the male gaze and female objectification, but of course the pleasing and arousing power of nudity cuts across all genders and sexual orientations.

A 2007 study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto applied rigorous study to our genital responses to both sexual and nonsexual nude footage, both human and non-human.

Unsurprisingly, they found that both sexes responded weakest to nonsexual nude exercise footage and strongest to intercourse footage. They found that women were generally less concerned with the sex (or species) of the individuals in the videos and placed more importance on the level of depicted sexual activity.

Unsurprisingly, homosexual women responded more to nude females exercising and masturbating than to nude males, while heterosexual women responded about the same to both sexes.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.