This article reviews what is currently known about how men and women respond to the presentation of visual sexual stimuli. The divergence between men and women is proposed to occur at this time, reflected in differences in neural activation, and contribute to previously reported sex differences in downstream peripheral physiological responses and subjective reports of sexual arousal. Additionally, this review discusses factors that may contribute to the variability in sex differences observed in response to visual sexual stimuli. Factors include participant variables, such as hormonal state and socialized sexual attitudes, as well as variables specific to the content presented in the stimuli. Based on the literature reviewed, we conclude that content characteristics may differentially produce higher levels of sexual arousal in men and women. ... Read More
The mute swan is commonly associated with romance because of its stark white beauty, graceful swimming, and the fact that it mates for life. This fact sheet can introduce birders and non-birders alike to many things they never knew about the mute swan. The mute swan is very distinctive with its long neck and white plumage, but several other swans and geese can look very similar. Knowing the field marks to check on this bird can help birders feel confident with its identification. Genders are identical with all white plumage , though the long neck, which is often held in an S-curve, may show a buff, tan, or brown wash from dirt or plant debris. ... Read More