JOHN ROBIE: You know what I think?
FRANCES STEVENS: About what?
JOHN ROBIE: You.
FRANCES STEVENS: I don’t really care.
—To Catch a Thief, 1955, Alfred Hitchcock.
LET ME TELL YA, sex, sports, and booze.
All right, thank you for coming. That’s all for today.
Okay, I will give it a try.
A couple of months ago, I went out to Starbucks to get a tall ice coffee, light ice, no room for milk for Kim—I gave up saying my real name. I can’t spend fifteen minutes pronouncing it—. So at the time of walking in, an incredible gorgeous guy checked me out from head to toe.
“Thank you,” I said politely, while he was holding the door open to me.
“No, no. Thank YOU, and good morning,” he said, stressing the vocals.
I kept staring at him with my jaw dropping. At the other side, I had one member of the Starbucks staff holding a walkie-talkie asking me what I wanted, I replied briskly, “grande, macchiato, hot!”
A week later, I was sitting comfortably in one of the armchairs, when the same hot guy came in. I did my hair quickly, swirled open the tube of lipstick, painted it on my lips and smacked them together, lifted a bit my head, and with my GPS on, I sent him my vibes: hellooooo, meeee, the goodmooorning girl!
What’s wrong with guys?!
Alas, my Dedicated and Long-suffering female-Readers, when a single or married or divorced or unclassifiable man sees a woman that lights up his sexual circuit board,1 his brain instantly produces a quick sexual thought that will most likely disappear in no time.
I won’t deny this information cleared up some things, yet arouse a quite intriguing question. What do men think? Or put in other words, How does the male brain process romance?
In order to plumb the depth of it, I read “The Male Brain,” written by Harvard neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, and got some interesting hints. So I invite you to join me to a pleasurable Trans-Siberian trip. A journey that will transport us through the pleasurable centers of the male brain. All aboard!
. Day 1. Moscow
The Kremlin Clock announced midnight. George got in the restaurant car, sat on a table, and checked out the passengers. His visual brain circuit is always on the lookout for fertile mates, so he promptly is allured by Nadia’s beauty.
A group of neurons at the very centre of his brain—the ventral tegmental area—process the information. George’s brain is manufacturing testosterone—the party animal gets into scene. They played the contact readiness sport2 for a while.
Siberia. Day 2-3.
The train was crossing the vastness of
Siberia while Nadia had breakfast. With
fortitude, George asked permission to accompany her. Her exquisite beauty
attracts most passengers’ eyes, disdaining to look at the window’s view of endless
birch trees. George felt fortunate, so he used all the honey-tongue
blandishments. He releases a pheromone
called Androstenedione—the seducer’s home. He yearns to get her into his deluxe
2-berth compartment and have sex right away. He actually yearns it from the
moment he saw her but he knows she will be more prone to it with males who
bring them meat.
He accompanied to her compartment, thinking his next move. Men fear enomoursly to be rejected3. He didn’t want to gump up the works, though took the plunge by kissing her. Her smell and saliva confirms him that genes matched4.
The chemical messenger—dopamine—goes to another structure in his brain called the nucleus accumbens. George’s mind cannot stop having mental imagery of pleasant and emotional scenes.
Day 4. Lake Baikal
The train was rounding the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world,
while Peter and Nadia had a delicious Russian dinner. He touched her hand several
times. He regaled her with stories about his adventures that made her laugh.
They were not concerned about the camels and yurts—the circular tents used by
Mongolian nomads. Dopamine—the
energizer—is increasing in the area for anticipation of pleasure and
reward. They ended up making love. Lake Baikal
. Day 5. Gobi Desert
The train passed through Mongolian customs and got into the open wastes of the
At his deluxe 2-berth compartment, the drapes remained closed. The more Nadia and George make love, the
more addicted their bodies and brains become. Early-stage romantic love brings a
person straight to the brink of euphoria. Gobi Desert
*The Great Wall of China-Beijing. Day 6.
After the train had crossed the mountains through the Great Wall of China, George and Nadia arrived to
’s main station.
He, with a long version of the
vasopressin receptor gene, asked Nadia to see her again soon. His caudate nucleus has memorized the one
who has given him pleasure, Nadia. The
love and lust circuit has been completed. Beijing
A study in
found that men with the long version of the vasopressin5 receptor gene were
twice as likely to leave bachelorhood behind and commit to one woman for life. Sweden
So longer is always better?—Wink.
found that it takes the male brain only one fifth of a second to classify a
woman as sexually hot or not. University
(2) A non-verbal flirting sport, which if you master it, you score the most.
(3) Men’ stage fright is proportional to how hot the woman is and how much they want to impress her.
(4) Pheromones carry genetic information.
(5) A hormone that plays an important role in social behavior and bonding.
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