Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"No it's not you, it's my ovaries."

One of my degrees is in psychology. One of my hobbies is reading. Sometimes I put these two things together and read articles from Psychology Today. A few months back I came across this gem of an article about "The Double Life of Women" by Annie Murphy Paul. One of the many interesting facts I learned from this is that apparently the type of guy a woman is physically attracted to changes with her ovulation cycle.
"In the two days or so of the ovulatory phase—the time when women are most likely to become pregnant—they gravitate toward men with more "masculine" traits. That means a man who sports a leaner, V-shaped body, and a face with a squarer chin, straighter, heavier eyebrows, and thinner lips; one who speaks in a lower-pitched voice, and displays more aggressive, dominant behavior. When a woman is in the follicular or luteal phases—during which the uterus sheds its lining and then builds it up again, and in which she generally cannot become pregnant—she prefers men with softer features, less-defined bodies, higher voices, and a gentler manner."
Translation: Women want to be dominated when they're fertile and dominate when they are not.

Interesting, huh? Even more interesting for me is that, being a female w/a cycle, I can do a little unofficial experimentation using myself as the participant. Here's what I found.

The last 6 weeks or so I started watching the show "Criminal Minds" after one of my co-workers recommended it to me. I was told the psychological puzzles would tickle my brain in ways that only Freud can. My co-worker was right. However, my something else also felt a bit tickled after being introduced to 2 particular characters on the show:

Derek Morgan (played by Shemar Moore):

Booty calling

Dr. Spencer Reid (played by Matthew Gray Gubler):

Wishing he knew what booty was like
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series the pictures above give a pretty accurate impression of the characters. Agent Morgan is a super fit, badass alpha male. Agent/Dr. Reid is the super skinny young prodigy who is all brain, no physical strength, and unbelievably awkward (especially around women close to his age). In fact, in a season 6 episode they actually mention that he couldn't pass any of the physical tests at the academy but since he's so smart they made an exception. As I've been following the series I've noticed that as my mood (aka ovulation cycle) changes so does my favorite character.

Some days I can't help but fantasize that I'm the one he's handcuffing for being so naughty.

"M'am, I'm gonna need you to drop your panties"

Other days my mind won't stop ruminating on the thought of handcuffing Dr. Reid to my bed after having him read me a bedtime story from the Kama Sutra. Oh, the things I'd do to him!

Ooh, baby! I love it when you talk nerdy to me!

My co-worker said this show was right up my alley but she never mentioned that a couple of its characters would get up my something else.

Decisions, decisions. Am I in a sadistic or masochistic mood tonight?
This probably won't be the last time I blog about Criminal Minds but it definitely will be the last time I blog about my cycle of fertility.

I am insanely weird. . .


  1. Fascinating science experiment! I love "Psychology Today" and read it all the time. And I'd heard about this theory before.

    I applaud your curiosity and self-examination.

  2. I've been watching Dexter a lot these days and as soon as you said 'handcuff' some scenes came to my mind, haha... Looks like Thor has a shot, at least a couple days a month anyway.

    I bet the Alpha male isn't stupid, he's just not all brains. All brains can be overrated, that's why I'm trying to develop something else like personality... Great post!

  3. So, I had an ex who I discovered cheated on me rampantly. Can I make myself feel better and just say that she was an extremely impulsive ovulator?

  4. Interesting. Makes a few things more clear.

  5. @Shybiker: What about my sarcasm? =P Thanks for applauding! :)

    @Andrew: I watch Dexter as well, one of my favorite shows. Also, I never implied that the alpha male was stupid or that brains was everything. I think you missed the point.

    @My beer belly buddies: Yes! She just couldn't help herself! ;) If only she would have had a hysterectomy then you two might still be together. Or at least STD free.....

    @Trelin: Yes, yes it does.

  6. omg females, how do they work?

  7. So there IS science behind women. I knew it!

  8. Sorry, I might have missed part of it--I was always more interested in that "Jump to Conclusions" game from Office Space than Psychology, heh. That's why you got the degree and I didn't--I'll try to read through your next post twice :)

  9. this is relevant to my interest. I wonder if I can use this cycle lust to my advantage IRL. haha, thanks for the tip!

  10. now now, let's not jump the gun here. "it definitely will be the last time I blog about my cycle of fertility."

    let's not rule it out entirely ;)

  11. @Kage: ha ha ha ha! Well if that's what my audience wants...... ;)

  12. Hey now that explains things, i get laid by big men before my cycle and jump weak men after it passes. That song S&M comes to mind now...

  13. proving once again, that when it comes to women, you gotta go with the flow. *swoon* Nice episode.

  14. I completely agree with your analysis and your male choices. Most excellent and just cauze it might be weird you should never stop talking about your ovaries!!! If the story is interesting enough anyway!

  15. We all know that you only use that snarky wit filled sarcasm to get boob attention.

  16. Mr. Dave you know me a little too well. Are you sure you're from Jersey and not the dirrty, dirrrty south?

  17. Neither The South, nor Jersey. I'm sometimes ambiguous.