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Monotonous
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Okay, so I love the Discovery Channel, a lot, but it lost a few points on the Chi-o-Meter when I saw this special they had on sex two days ago.

The whole thing was basically talking about how attraction, love, and sex came to be as it is today. It also asserted the "fact" that all attraction, love, and sex comes from science and biology and evolution.

For example, "Women are naturally more picky than men in choosing their partners because they only produce one precious egg a month, then go through 9 months of carrying the baby and the pain of labor, which would make them choose more carefully in who they want to fertilize their eggs."

"Men produce millions of sperm every day, and their natural instinct is to spread their DNA as much as they can to pass on their genes. This is why most men are a little more 'eager' for procreating."

I'm sorry, but aren't they making HUGE generalizations here? It actually made me mad, because it makes it seem like men "naturally" want to impregnate everyone, and that's why they're all so horny.

Also, it's "natural" to like big breasts because they are filled with milk to feed a child. How does this make sense? Don't all breasts of all sizes produce milk of the same amount?

It also mentioned that women like bigger penises more because their length gives them a better chance of getting pregnant, by getting sperm farther up. From what I've read on here, this sounds like BS to me.

The whole program actually sounded like a bunch of BS to me. We love just to have sex? Sorry. Not me.

What do you think? Did any of you see this as well and have something to say?

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I absolutely love some of the Disovery Channel's programming. In particular, a program called Mythbusters, in which they bust or prove a bunch of urban legends.

It sounds like the Discovery Channel may need to throw some of their own programming over to Mythbusters, too.

I saw part of the program you're talking about, and stopped watching within about five minutes my eyes were so strained from rolling. [Razz]

Other than a couple particular programs, in general I usually recomend that anyone take the Discover Channel's programming with a HUGE grain of salt, because they have a very bad habit of writing off generalization and theory as scientific fact when it's just NOT.

And seriously, "It also mentioned that women like bigger penises more because their length gives them a better chance of getting pregnant, by getting sperm farther up."

Excuse me? Pardon as a I laugh out loud. And bigger breats producing more milk? Smaller breasts do not smaller milk glands make.

I DO believe that there is some VERY basic evoluntionary rooting in sexual attraction, but especially in this day and age SO much more of it is based on personal and much more complicated factors that CAN'T be simply explained by that's just a load of bull.

I've seen another couple programs about sex and attraction on Discovery Health that have at LEAST been a bit more scientific and less generalized (studies some universities were doing based on the brain's response to sexual/visual stimuli), but again, BIG BIG grain of salt.

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Now I have two things to say about the Discovery Channel.
1) You know in Friends when Monica gets stung by a jellyfish, and she saw on the Discovery Channel that the ammonia in urine neutralizes jellyfish stings so she gets Chandler to pee on her - would that work?
2) That mythbusters program is great - although I read the book of it before it came out on TV so I already know how some of them turn out. But the one about running rather than walking in the rain making you get wetter really surprised me. What does anyone else think?

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I've never really watched mythbusters, but I am a lifeguard. One of the things they told us in my training class was that ammonia does neutralize jellyfish stings, and as a last resort, you could use urine. So I guess Friends was right.

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Mythbusters is a fun program, though a lot of the time their are gaps in their scientific method. [Wink]

As for the Discovery Channel sex thing-- sounds like they were reducing sex to heterosexual intercourse. In terms of intercourse, it does make sense, if you don't have access to birth control, for any woman to be careful about her partners-- after all, nine months of pregnancy, which is life threatening in and of itself, is not something that you want to take on lightly. However, translating this into a cultural concept such as being "picky" is, as you said, a gross generalisation. It in no way means that women will be any less sexual than men; it means that in practical terms it makes sense for a fertile woman without access to birth control to avoid one particular type of sexual activity with a male partner. Culturally, the terms "sex" and "intercourse" are conflated. (Hehe, I remember one of my first posts on one of Mis Scarlet's adult boards, over six years ago, I made this very mistake-- her kind correction has stuck with me).

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I like the Discovery Channel, but I really think they should do more animal based programs. Because that is what this sounds like.

In the wild, most animals species DO do many of things they talked about. Females ARE pickier about their mates, because they want to guarantee that their genes will make it to the next generation, so they are going to want to get the strongest match possible.

Males also want to assure that their genes will survive another generation. Which is why you find males with harems of females. They want to mate with as many females as possible in order to guarantee that at least one will produce their offspring.

But as for the rest of it, sounds like a bad attempt to increase their ratings [Roll Eyes]

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Great! Now I know what to do if I do get stung. I just hope Joey's around with his giant hole in the sand to use for privacy. [Wink]

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