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Trick-cyclists in America have carried out groundbreaking research in which they find that men are much less likely to break up with a cheating girlfriend if she cheats on them with another woman, rather than with another chap. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, is because the blokes are hoping that they may be able to join their …

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WTF?

First the Which report, now this ...

There really has to be an institute for Ursine Wooland Defacation Studies somewhere.

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Actually

"Ursine defecation in a deciduous-based arboreal ecosystem"

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Joke

In other news:

Dog bites Man.

Pope Catholic.

Government wastes taxpayer money.

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Who'd have thunk it ?

Actually, on reflection, I think about it all the time

*rub thighs*

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Not very useful survey

It sounds like they asked people how they would react to hypothetical situations, rather than looked at the results of real situations. I reckon the results would be rather different if moved from the fantasy arena to a situation where people were actually being cheated on.

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RE: Not very useful survey

I think the trend may be there anyhow. A man thinking about his partner having sex with with another man would, I think, feel more disgust than if she did so with another woman. Also, from an evolutionary point of view, she's got 0 chance of having another man's child and so isn't tainted (for want of a better word) in the same way.

I agree a little in that I think the results may be less clear cut. It also says "cheated on" rather than "had an affair" and I suspect that there would be a difference between one night stand and an affair.

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@ Tom_

"where people were actually being cheated on." ...especially if names and phone numbers were included in the footnotes.

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They asked college students

You sir went to a very tame college.

Me coat.

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And photos.

Don't forget the photos. Action photos. Nice, large, clear hi-res action photos. Lots of them.

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From the Department of the bleeding obvious

What next, a study showing the correlation between gun ownership and death by gun shot wounds? Now that would be a revelation in the US!

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No

Next thing they will reveal there is pr0n on the Internet!

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Actually...

Many of the countries with higher gun-related deaths than the US have low gun registrations. Just an interesting observation...

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From the Department of the bleeding...

to the Department of the merely Wet Behind the ears. Stop the press. Sorry, I'll do that again. Pause the download because

Damp days cause rain.

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@ArmanX

Which countries have higher gun-related deaths than the US?

Let's have a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

If I remove the non-first world countries, which country is top of the list. Well, crap in my pants, it is the US.

Just an interesting observation.

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By many you mean...

out of the 6 or maybe 7 of them including mexico, colombia, brazil, and thailand.

Actually many of the countries with higher gun-related deaths than the US have high levels of drug production coupled with high levels of corruption and law and order systems incapable of dealing with the problem. Just an interesting observation...

Against comparable countries ie. wealthy educated western democracies the US is streaks ahead in the number of people who die from gunshot wounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_wit_fir_percap-crime-murders-firearms-per-capita

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Firearm related death rate

...and in almost every one of those 'wealthy educated western democracies' the statistical breakdown indicates that the figures are dominated by suicides, not homicides. The US being an obvious exception to this (up with the aforementioned countries, plus Northern Ireland).

Just an interesting observation...

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Well I never

Who'd-a-thunk-it!

Paris...I wouldn't be averse to the idea of her and the missus gettin' it on.

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paris and the missus?

You jest sir, surely you would need to worry about the missus catching something serious, like the I'm-so-famous complex or what-the-hell-did-you-pick-up-in-the-gaol syndrome?

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Is there a joke here

What's a trick-cyclist? Or why are we calling them that? Is there a reference I'm missing?

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It's El Reg code

Boffin = proper scientist who does important things like explode stuff or look at stars.

Trick-cyclist = The kind of person who calls themselves a scientist and then produces reports like this one.

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Trick Cyclist = Pyschiatrist

sort of half pun/half rhyming slang...

I'm 90% sure that it dates back at least as far as WW2. Possibly RAF slang, but could very easily be wrong.

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Trick-cyclist?

Slang term for psychiatrist M'Lud.

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A trick-cyclist

someone who gets involved with cunning stunts, sometimes in (on?) a tandem....

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psychologist, or related field

Its an old joke on El Reg, but basicly its because its not a realy science.

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Conclusions only partially correct

It's not just hoping to join, though there is that, but there clearly was an evolutionary advantage in that:

While the men are out hunting woolly mamoths for days on end what should the women do?

- It's good for the women - for obvious reasons

- It's good for the tribe - social cohesion, less rivalry among females, so they can concentrate on keeping the fire going and looking after children.

- It's good for the children - your "aunt" will not probably wring your neck to give her own offspring advantage if she fancies your mother.

- It's good for the men - their women are less likely to sleep around with the males who are too weak or too lazy to hunt.

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WARNING: Amrchar evolutionary psychology

When a man has an affair with another women, he remains sexually available to his original partner. But if he's dallying with other men, then the woman's probably out in the cold for good. So you could argue there's an evolutionary advantage to a woman disliking male homosexuality. Of course, there must be a ton of reasons why having homosexual men around is advantageous, otherwise they would have been eliminated from the gene pool.

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"otherwise they would have been eliminated from the gene pool"

That's bullshit. Just look at the semantics of that clause. You can't eliminate "homosexual men" from a gene pool; the only thing you can eliminate from a gene pool is genes. Well, male homosexuality might be a side effect of a combination of genes, each of which has other effects that give a positive selection pressure.

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Err...

When was homosexuality determined to be genetic?

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Men not wlecome

So the real conclusion here is that it's not OK no have sex with another bloke, no matter which sex you are?

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The other part was more surprising

That the men mind less when their GF goes at it with a woman, well of course. Not only they hope for some 3-way action, they do not feel as threatened that they will be replaced.

I am rather surprised about the other way, though. I really thought that women believed gay men were sexy. Also, I would assume they would feel more threatened if the other is female, because they can bring something that a man cannot, but any woman can bring the same.

What would Paris do?

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Already knew this

Back in college, I was always wondering why males would be homofobic, while at the same time lust for Lesbian Porn. I usually find it mostly MEH because, well... they're lesbians, and I'm not a woman. It's an impossible fantasy!

I did a couple of research asking men and women about this, and I found that:

- Males lust for girl-on-girl porn, as well as hetero porn.

- Girls will usually lust only for hetero porn, bi or les will obviously indulge in Les porn.

- Only male homosexuals will lust for male-on-male porn. Most of the others will describe such acts as "gross".

Also, you'll usually find much more requests for "couple searching woman for threesome" than "couple searching man for threesome" in adult classifieds. Now this study has arrived to the same thing.

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@ratfox

"What would Paris do?"

Don't know.

But I'd probably torrent the video.

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The female mind...

>>"I am rather surprised about the other way, though. I really thought that women believed gay men were sexy. Also, I would assume they would feel more threatened if the other is female, because they can bring something that a man cannot, but any woman can bring the same."

You obviously don't understand the female mind.... when a woman's partner cheats, most women will view it as an insult to their attractiveness... in that context cheating with a man is the ultimate insult - certainly a much bigger insult that cheating with another woman.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that

... women just look nicer than men.

So not exactly surprising really. The surprising part for most people is that men can find other men attractive - I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm just saying that I (and most straight men I know) fundamentally don't get what the appeal is. Whereas straight men, gay men and straight women can all see why a woman would be attractive.

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Yep! Fine with Me!

As long as I can watch and it is not conducted with my mother or any of my sisters!

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Yo' momma

<insert yo' momma joke here>

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WTF?

Call me mad but...

STD's aren't really any issue with girl on girl are they, or am I just naive surely that has a part to play.

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You're just naive

Google 'dental dam' if you don't believe me.

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@Hoe

STDs are an issue with girl on girl activities.

Me, I'm fine with my partner with another girl, but I am incredibly lazy, I'm a sysadmin FFS.

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Re: Call me mad but...

Yes, they are. Not all of them, but many STDs are.

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You're Mad

My wife has been an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner for 20+ years now, and the stories that come out of her clinic...but I digress. YES, STDs are a major concern for any non-monogamous relationship, no mater the combination of gender(s). Sleep with someone, sleep with everyone they've had sex with.

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yup...

You're naive...

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College students?

What male college students would 'forgive' is quite different from grown-ups, I think.

A married man whose wife betrays him after, say, 15 or 20 years of marriage is more likely to be devastated by the emotional betrayal than a college kid.

Of course, at any age, the chance of the bloke being invited to join the women is zero. Perhaps the older man will understand this, while the younger chaps still like in a dream-world encouraged by porn.

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"[Men view it as] an opportunity to mate with more than one woman simultaneously."

Men, that is, who either have two - um - tails, or a spare turkey baster..

It all goes to prove that med students who can't handle anatomy classes do Psychology instead.

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But...

...what if the man had a fling with a Lesbian?

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Bollox

The normal human reaction against cheating is rooted in the basic evolutionary drive to reproduce, i.e. to propagate our genes. The worst thing that can happen to a man, from that brutal perspective, is to expend his time and energy raising another man's child. If she's cheating with another woman, not only does that fear not arise, it may be even less likely that she would ever cheat with a man.

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ahem

um, Pics or it didn't happen???

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@Pirate Dave

"um, Pics or it didn't happen???"

That sounds strangely familiar.

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Chaps tolerant of girl-on-girl cheating by other halves

"men are much less likely to break up with a cheating girlfriend if she cheats on them with another woman, rather than with another chap"

Of course, this only works if the other woman is hot. Need a Lindsey Lohan icon please.

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Possibly...

Possibly it's not so much the thought that they could join in, rather it's because cheating on you with someone of the opposite sex is far less of a rejection than cheating on you with someone who is the same sex and therefore better than you.

Now, as a bisexual man, I have never understood the thing that straight (often borderline homophobic) men have for gay women. They're never going to be able to join in, it's not like you can "convert" gay women by showing them how a real man would do it, they're not interested. As for bi women (or at least the ones I know), they're far more likely to be attracted to liberally minded men (ie: not borderline homophobes).

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