The other night hubby was watching a show on the Science Channel called “Head Games”. It uses social experiments conducted on unsuspecting strangers to show how the mind can be manipulated to change someone’s perception, or get them to do something they might not otherwise do.
The show featured an experiment using a young, sexy red-headed actress. Her job was to walk up and down a given street and do things like ask for money, ask for help getting across the street, etc. – first while wearing a white dress, then wearing an identical red dress.
White dress = no help
Red dress = men fall all over themselves to help her
The researchers claim this happened because men subconsciously perceive women dressed in red as being “more receptive to sexual advances.”
They then linked this phenomenon to baboon mating habits, saying that red clothing of any type on a human female is a sexual stimulus to human males in the same way the bright red behind of a female baboon in heat triggers the mating instinct in male baboons.
This is the conversation we had right after watching the show:
Hubby: “So now you know why I like it when you wear red.”
Me: “Oh, really … and why is that?” (expecting him to say something about sex)
Hubby: “Because it reminds me of a baboon’s butt.”
That man … always throwing me curves …