Thursday, June 20, 2019
Post #2: Chapter 4 Info
Alright, so I came across a part in the book I found to be very interesting. I was able to find a funny BuzzFeed video on it as well. The book mentioned how a woman named Martha McClintock brought up the subject on female individuals syncing together on their mensural period cycles and how all the men were in disbelief. I myself, who live in a house of only women (me, my mom, and sisters), I can honestly say I believe in this. When I lived home with my family, we all were going through the cycle span at the same time. In high school, when I was on my soccer team, around my teammates daily, we all some how found ourselves to be synced up. In college with roommates, we all adjusted to be synced up. This is too much of a coincidence to be insignificant. I know there is no real evidence yet, but I think that evolutionarily it makes sense. I never knew why this was or even had an idea until the book mentioned smells and pheromones. It said that women are able to do this,"synchronizing through their detection of their pheromones emitted by nest mates,". Which makes sense. Nest mates could mean roommates, sisters, best friends, any other female one female may see frequently. The fact that "repeated exposure to other women's pheromones could induce mensural entrainment across the women, even without their awareness,"is both amazing and interesting to me. It sounds almost gross at first, that we smell one another's mensuration patterns and sync up to them, but it is honestly amazing and so interesting.
The video also brought up Martha McClintock's work and how important it was, yet at that time also not talked about.