It Only Takes a Minute

 

Glee star Jane Lynch said recently that when she first met her partner of many years “I was immediately smitten, I had only known her a minute.”  All you can get in a minute is a good impression of a person’s face.

 

A recent article in the Science and Technology section of The Economist  (http://www.economist.com/node/18925759) explores that outdated science of physiognomy, the idea that one can discern a person’s character or personality by just looking at their face. The piece asserts, however, that what remains scientifically valid and relevant from a practice that lost credibility during the middle ages is the importance of the face in generating romantic attraction and sexual satisfaction.  The article cites a study conducted by a team of researchers at Penn State, to be published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, which examined the effects of perceived attractiveness on a partner’s orgasms. In a study designed, in part, to evaluate heterosexual mating and conception, the findings showed that women were significantly more likely to achieve orgasm when making love to a handsome man. The attractiveness of the man was based entirely on his face; another indication of how crucial the face is in determining desirability.

 

Beauty, as we know, is in the eye of the beholder. There are obviously many different handsomes and almost as many versions of desirable as there are people. This study reveals how critical the face is even when it comes to physiological responses as intimate as orgasm. Because orgasms in women tend to accelerate conception, the face is further implicated in generating offspring. Another study conducted by a team of psychologists at the University of Toronto further demonstrates the power of the face as a major determinant of desirability. Here, it is the face that women unconsciously scrutinize to determine whether or not a man is gay or straight. It turns out that ovulating women are even better detectors of a man’s sexuality based only on looking at their face; another example of how important the face is in evaluating the potential of partnerships.

 

Whether seeking to conceive or not, the face is the most crucial component in sexual compatibility. From the spark ignited by the face, people go on to determine whether compatible styles and values can generate real sustainability.

Above:  Model Gia Carangi and lover Sandy Linter

Below: Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson, Sheryl Crow and Doyle Bramhall II

 

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2 Responses to “It Only Takes a Minute”

  1. Priya Says:

    This is a very interesting post, as your posts are always interesting, well written and enjoyable to read. I look forward to the next post…..

  2. facematcher Says:

    Priya,
    It’s always nice to hear from you. Thanks for your comment, I hope you’re doing well

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