Thursday 26th January 2017, 18.30 – 21.30
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh. Free Admission.
We’re running an event in conjunction with the Ragged University Meetup group, featuring a talk by Dr Mairi Macleod on “The Myths of Attraction” at the Cabaret Voltaire. Come along and relax with a drink and listen to the talk (at 7pm) and then stick around and socialise into the night…
The talk (1 hour-ish):
Is it true that men are into casual sex but women want commitment? Do men actually prefer thin women? Do women want macho, high-status men? Are dumb girls more attractive? And are the first impressions we give out really vitally important?
In this presentation Mairi Macleod will answer these questions about romantic attraction and much more.Continue Reading
A few years back when I was single and I had the common affliction of always going for the wrong kind of guy, a well-meaning friend gave me a paperback called “The Complete Book of Rules: time tested secrets for capturing the heart of Mr Right”.
It promised much: All a girl has to do is hold back and let the guy do the running. Make sure he knows you’re too busy to see him. Don’t call him and it will make him desire you more. I’ve now come to realise that while there’s a little bit of truth in this stuff, mostly it’s bollocks.Continue Reading
Check out this video for thoughts on how things change with relationships at different times of life, on infidelity, on maintaining desire, and on picking the right man…
On a daily basis we see the beautiful, successful, desirable people behaving and looking in a particular way on our screens, and so we can be forgiven for thinking that there are certain qualities that are going to make us irresistible to potential dates. But the thing is, if you conform to a particular stereotype in order to be attractive, you’re going to attract people who are drawn to that particular stereotype – and the research suggests that really might not be what you want…Continue Reading
Parents dropping their daughters off for their first term at Old Dominion University in Virginia earlier this year were horrified to be confronted with banners hanging out of the student residences scrawled with the words: “Freshman Daughter Drop Off”, “Rowdy & Fun, Hope Your Baby Girl is Ready for a Good Time”… and another, “Go Ahead and Drop Off Mom Too”.
After that, parents understandably didn’t really feel like letting go of their precious babies. In fact they might have felt tempted to find a place for their girls in a convent, or at least a female dominated University where things should be a whole lot more wholesome, yes?
Well, actually no.Continue Reading
Ideals for body shape in women have changed markedly over the ages, ranging from the not-exactly-svelte Venus de Milo of ancient Greece, to the very ample nudes by Flemish painter Rubens, and then on to the stick thin, large breasted beauties typically featured in today’s media. This much is well illustrated in a recent Buzzfeed video. So does this mean that there are no real advantages of one body shape over another? Do perceptions of what’s attractive in a female physique just come down to what we get fed on our computer, TV or cinema screens?Continue Reading
If you sit in a pub with a bunch of single women of a certain age and they’re talking about men, the common refrain will be that there are hardly any good men, the ones they fancy won’t commit and the best are already taken. Men – of any age – seem mostly concerned with getting into women’s knickers. Ok yes, there are lots of exceptions but you know what I mean; for most men getting a variety of sex presents more of a challenge than they would like. The point is, at some point both genders think they’re at a disadvantage, women in getting commitment, men in getting sex, and neither sex get enough of what they want.
So what is the truth of the matter? Is it harder for men or for women? Who has the upper hand? According to newly published research, which sex gets its own way is a question of supply and demand.Continue Reading
When my kids were small they, like other small kids, loved Disney movies. One we watched over and over of course was Snow White, but it always made me a bit uncomfortable when it got to the so called ‘happy ending’ where the handsome Prince plonks SW on to his big white horse and they ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after.
“But no”, I wanted to tell them, “In the real world this would just be the beginning of her problems”. Let’s face it, an alpha-male like that who’s both gorgeous and minted will have plenty of pretty princesses fawning at his feet and so Snow White will have her work cut out for her.Continue Reading
What do you know about women’s orgasms? If you’re a woman you know about your own ones but you’re probably in the dark about whether they’re the same in quality and quantity as your friends’ (they’re probably not) and if you’re a man, unless you’re particularly attentive, the whole thing is most likely a total mystery. But then, mysterious is exactly how a lot of women like it I reckon.Continue Reading