Better Living for Men through Biochemistry?

30 Apr

It is well-established that a goodly proportion of us menfolk can be relatively easily manipulated by women using their womenly wiles on us, turning up the charm, and accordingly getting us to do their will.

Some Japanese scientists have found, in a study, a possible way out of this, through pharmacological means:

Minocycline is typically used to treat acne, but it can also reduce symptoms associated with mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression, and it can improve decision-making. This latter effect was analyzed further in a study described in Scientific Reports.

Japanese researchers recruited about 100 men to play a trust game using photographs of women. In the game, each man was given 1300 Yen (approx. $13) and asked to rate the attractiveness of each woman as well as how much money they would give them in the trust game. The men were told that the amount of money given would be tripled, and the woman could then choose how to split the money between herself and the man. Unbeknownst to the men, every woman had already chosen in advance to take all of the money, completely stiffing the man. In other words, every woman was a potential “honey trap.”

Prior to the experiment, the men were given either placebo or minocycline. The men who took minocycline were immune to the seductive allure of the honey traps. (See graph.)

As shown, men who were taking placebo offered about 50% of their money in the trust game to women of “low attractiveness,” while they gave 65% of their money to women of “high attractiveness.” Men receiving a regimen of minocycline gave about 50% to both groups of women.

Let this be a lesson for all male businessmen: When engaged in negotiations with an attractive female, be sure to have a doctor’s prescription handy.

I still have my usual concerns with such a small sample size in the study (100), but nevertheless, I think it’s interesting.

Not exactly practical, mind you, and who wants to use antibiotics if they don’t have to?

IMO, the main ‘take-away’ from this, is for men to simply be aware, how easily we can be manipulated by female charms, and to simply keep that in mind, next time a ‘damsel in distress’ comes crying about some bullshit, or the next time a waitress smiles and says in a honey-sweet voice, “Would you like another beer?”, etc.

Forewarned is forearmed, and all that.


Posted by on April 30, 2013 in "science"


3 responses to “Better Living for Men through Biochemistry?

  1. Evan McLaren

    April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    It’s just my personal hang-up, but pharm drugs worry me. I still favor weed.

  2. Will S.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm


    But do you think weed can help you resist womenly wiles? 😉

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