The Checkup: Ladies, Need to Kill a Spider? Get Turned On First

No, seriously. A new study shows that feeling sexually aroused makes icky tasks seem, well, a little less icky.


• I seriously couldn’t make this up if I tried. A study released yesterday found that women who feel turned on sexually are less disgusted by gross things. Researchers asked 90 female European subjects to perform gag-inducing tasks, like drinking from a cup with a bug floating in it (ew) or wiping hands with a used tissue (my worst nightmare, for real). Some of the women were shown an erotic film, while some were not. Those who watched the film—and were therefore sexually aroused—felt less grossed out performing the tasks than those you didn’t see the film. Reports ABC News:

The findings suggested sexual arousal decreases women’s so-called disgust response … Why might this be important? The experiment came about because the researchers realized that sex involves smells and fluids that can be repulsive.

In other words, when we’re turned on, we ladies are more apt to gloss over things that we might otherwise find disgusting. Which, when you think about it, should make a lot of guys really, really happy.

• Big news on the autism front: Researchers in Australia say they’ve developed a genetic test for autism that can predict a person’s risk for developing a disorder on the spectrum. More here.

• Food writer Marian Burros got all Woodward and Bernstein this week, and questioned whether rhubarb plant First Lady Michelle Obama was shown holding in a recent snapshot was actually grown in the White House garden, as the photo leads you to believe. Turns out, it totally wasn’t grown there (gasp!), prompting White House pastry chef Bill Yosses to jibe, “You have totally caught Rhubarbgate.” In the words of Perez Hilton: LOLz.