May 15, 2011
Semen Withdrawal

Ainít the web wonderful? From Popsci.com:

Thereís also evidence, evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., says, that women may actually go through semen withdrawal. In an unpublished study he conducted a few years ago, women in committed relationships who were having unprotected sex and were exposed to semen were ďfar more devastated and adversely affected [after a breakup] than those that were using condoms.Ē

He also found a risk of a rebound effect, where women who were not using condoms had sex with a new partner after a breakup within a couple of weeks versus several months for those who had used condoms. ďI donít think the evidence is conclusive, but itís certainly very suggestive that itís a response, in effect, to semen withdrawal,Ē Gallup says.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 15, 2011 05:22 PM
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You get more crazy shit from evolutionary psychologists than even from politicians.

Posted by: Liberati on May 17, 2011 10:25 AM

There's a good reason that his "study" wasn't published. Based on the outline we have here, rather than some hitherto-unheard-of semen addiction, it seems more likely to me that women who risk pregnancy and/or STDs in their sexual relations might be more emotionally attached than prudent, protected women. They might also be pregnant, which would increase the trauma of a breakup. Age and SES data are relevant, as are personality factors.

As a group, we could come up with a hundred more plausible relationships. I'd suggest a follow-up study of gay relationships to determine whether men are susceptible to semen addiction.

And, yes, Liberati, "evolutionary psychologists" are nutty and do a lot of imagining based on preconceived notions and call it research.

Posted by: JoyfulA on May 17, 2011 6:46 PM
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