Pretty in Pink
What does the color of our genitals have to do with evolution? Scientists Want To Know.
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10 facts based on my team’s experiments and studies:
1. When the male member is bright red, in all or in part, the female is not attracted to it. Other unpopular colors: blue, mauve, and green.
2. In the female, flourescent purple and green pubic hair is becoming increasingly popular.
3. Identifying oneself as a scientist does not gain one automatic access to a woman’s genital region. In fact, even saying that you’re a doctor doesn’t work well on a bus or subway car.
4. If a woman’s careful rouging of her genitals causes the couple to be late to the ballgame, more harm is done than good.
5. When using a standard color chart to measure and record a woman’s hue “down there,” standard lighting is required for consistent results. Holding a flashlight in your teeth and going up under the skirt will not provide a true reading.
6. Some colors are scarier than others. A lot scarier.
7. 0.4% of women demonstrate a “chameleon” effect. That is, the color of the intruding male organ will cause the female genitals to change to a matching color. In many cases, when the color goes black, it won’t go back.
8. Some scientists claim that the sense of smell here is more important than the sense of sight.
9. If you’re paying $100 for it, as opposed to $10, you’ll probably appreciate its color a lot more, no matter what it is.
10. 71% of the scientists on my team recorded incorrect data because their glasses steamed up.