I've noticed some talk about pheromones in this thread. Sorry (that word
) to burst your bubble, but it seems the effect of pheromones on women is a myth. Humans no longer have the receptors to properly process them.
No, the idea that it's a myth is a myth. Sorry I haven't completed Googling good links on this subject, but the research is out there. I was trying to find confirmation that sweat or body odor carries chemical signals, i.e. you shouldn't necessarily wash up.
Actually you guys are both technically correct. It truly depends on where a women is on her ovulation cycle. If a women is ovulating(not on her period, this is a 2-3 day period in the middle between periods) she will be more prone to be attracted to male body odors. If she is not, she will likely be more disgusted by the concept of another man's body odors.
There are also studies that prove at a genetic level we use smell to sort through mates. So regardless of what you believe about receptors that is incorrect, the difference is we have to get close to be attracted to them.
Couples are known for getting divorces when the women went off birth control because they lost their "magic". The physiological change of coming off the birth control changed their initially preferred mate. This was a subconscious act and a large majority of these circumstances were genetically related, they chose a mate with a higher chance of creating an offspring with a better immune system.
In other cases, people that kissed said that the kiss didn't feel right. When the saliva was exchanged the potential mate proved to have a good "genetic mix". After testing them they found this to be true.
Women do have a higher sense of smell, they are far more choosy about their mate as they are the ones who choose to have kids.
The first study to indicate that chemical signals play a role in attraction was conducted by Claud Wedekind over a decade ago. Forty-four men wore the same T-shirt for three days. They refrained from deodorants and scented soaps so they wouldn’t interfere with their natural smell. Women then sniffed the shirts and indicated which ones smelled the best to them. By comparing the DNA of the women and men, the researchers found that women didn’t just choose their favorite scent randomly. They preferred the scent of man whose major histocompatibility complex (MHC) -- a series of genes involved in our immune system -- was most different from their own.
One huge statement people seem to miss is we are animals. There aren't many/any differences between us and animals. We seem to think there is. All those applications on animals exist in humans too.