Sexual Pheromone odor is seen as a Proustian experience, and, unlike visual experience, we cannot as readily bring back odor sensation from memory storage without external aids (Engen, 1982). It is more than coincidence that memory of our sexual experiences suffers from similar limitations that call upon us to repeat the experience resulting in an addictive phenomenon that is only poorly satis?ed by memory.
As humans we have developed our civilization over two million years of evolution. Humans, unlike the apes, and other animals, have a hidden estrus (signaling the sexual ovulatory reproductive availability of women). Our women do not signal their readiness for copulation by visible color, as do female baboons. Instead, we feel that odor awareness of fecundity is the attracting but essentially hidden element in our sexual behavior. We act to this stimulus to pleasure and follow with reproduction based on odor clues that govern overt behavior to direct our immediate social actions that sustain our attention to each other? While women have subdued the major visible clues of their reproductive availability, do they sustain remnants of what is so obvious a reproductive odor stimulus to males as seen in dogs or cats?
Is homosexuality an odor preference predetermined by a brain “love map,” that signals sexual interaction despite being divorced from anatomic convenience and the genetic necessity for reproduction?
Is oral sex something more than reciprocal pleasure? Does it induce a sensory overload, drawing us together based on an aesthetic subconscious desire for fusion? Do we bathe in a pheromonal olfactory milieu necessary for sexual release. In terms of evolution, was this erotic sensibility directed to reproduction by putting pleasure and pheromonal stimulation as a key principle for species survival? Later, we will examine how pheromone preferences are central to our sexual identity, sexual preferences, and our passion for certain sexual practices, such kissing, nuzzling, and oral sex.
PHEROMONES – UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY OF SEXUAL ATTRACTION
Under the cerebral cortex—the highly convoluted portion of the brain that gives the human animal its superior intellect and reasoning ebilityies the limblc system. This is our ancient animal brain, which developed far earlier in evolution than did the cortex, the outer layer which i governs rational thinking. The limbus is responsible for survival mechanisms associated with social interactions. ’ The limbus translates drives and emotions such as anger, thirst, and pleasure-seeking, into behavior designed to satisfy these urges. We seek food, become aggressive toward our enemies, court a mate. The limbus is the part of the brain that responds to a threat with “fight or flight.” it helps us survive by being alert to our environment, mediating social interactions, preparing us or action.
When human beings are turned on, we can see a “limbic look,” in the eyes. This is the kind of glow in the eyes which toddlers have when they are curious and interested In everything about them. Teachers can always tell the good students who are interested in learning by the intensity of their gaze. Lovers and religious fanatics have the “limbic look,” because they are passionately focused on another person or an Idea that substitutes for love. When a house cat stalks a bird or a dog chases a rabbit or a female dog in heat, they have the same iimblc look in their eyes.
It is the limbic part of the brain that responds to food and pheromone odors. one might call that area of the brain, a bearer of the true subconscious since it acts without conscious awareness to initiate behavior that is critical for individual and or species survival.
Historically, Kalegorkis, a psychiatrist, (1963) was among the ?rst to provide u review of olfactory in?uence on human sexual behavior. He referred to Duly and White, (1930) who first postulated that olfactory stimuli were key elements that prompted changes in our behavior, not unlike the action of a moth being driven to the ?ame.