A recent study, published late last month in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, sought out to discover why men perform oral sex on women, since the act itself clearly does not lead directly to reproduction.
No study yet on why women do (or don’t do) it… but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.
Interestingly enough, the study reveals that evolution has caused heterosexual men to perform the act on their female partners in an effort to minimize the risk of infidelity.
Hmmmmm…. I dont recall seeing ‘slackin’ on eatin” as one of the “7 Reasons Why Women Cheat” but maybe I missed that.
Details of how these scientists came up with how ‘eating prevents female cheating’ below…
After surveying 243 adult men in heterosexual relationships, the researchers deduced that cunnilingus is used to discourage women from cheating, a theory the authors refer to as a “mate-retention strategy.”
The research suggests that men perform oral sex on their female partners in order “to minimize the risk of their partner’s infidelity by increasing her relationship satisfaction.”
The study has garnered some negative reactions across the web: An article on The Gloss wondered why the researchers aren’t “questioning the evolutionary advantage of oral sex for men? Isn’t that purposeless, too?”
And Handbag.com writer Kate Gilbert pointed out that perhaps men perform oral sex because it’s pleasurable: “Sorry science guys — sometimes things are just meant for fun.”
243 adult heterosexual men can’t all be wrong? Right?
What are your thoughts on the results of this study?