Back Off, Bombshell!

In “Beautiful Women Bad for Men’s Health?” the University of Valencia discloses the results of a new study in which it challenged 84 men to finish a Sudoku puzzle in the presence of a woman whom they thought of as “out of their league.” When left bereft of company, with only the stunning woman by their side, every man’s levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, increased. The body creates cortisol during physical and psychological strain and exacerbates sicknesses like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and erectile dysfunction. Pat Britton, a clinical sexologist, says she isn’t surprised that such a reaction would occur, since “Men are much more vulnerable than they let on. They’re taught to display bravado, but it’s often a cover-up for insecurities that lie underneath.” Britton advises that there are two antidotes to such a bodily response: one, men must quell negative self-talk and, two, men ought to not objectify gorgeous women, but as humanized persons with frail personalities and real emotions. Dr. David J. Ores, a general practitioner in Manhattan, feels the study is insignificant, because the rise of cortisol in men over time , due to familial, job-related or other life stresses, is more evident and more probable. Ores also argues that men who finally land a bombshell won’t actually live in a perpetual stress-state; they’ll eventually relax in their relationships.

Health news is stealth news. Hardly anyone would read the latest research, since it’s always changing and barely definite. Nonetheless, the public is regaled when fed health studies on the evening or morning news, and such coverage can prove to be rather compelling. For instance, people love a study on the subtleties of romance like the one above. The chemistry that ignites between men and women has long been an enigma, but if science craftily cracks open its hard shell, unveiling the unknown sounds of mystery discovered, ears will tingle. As far as journalistic integrity is concerned, the reporter extends his efforts in finding a doctor who disagrees with the study. Although this may have been difficult, the reporter serves the public well in delivering said opposing opinion. The story’s crisp and concise length is ideal, as no one would stick out perusing extensive scientific fieldwork in a news story. Leave that to intellectual bombshells.

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