It's True: Women Have Better Gaydar
Late last week, a little study out of Tufts and Toronto Universities hit the news. Headlines went something like this:
“Is He Gay? Ovulating Women Can Tell” [Time]
“The Sixth Sense: Do Women Really Have ‘Gaydar’?” [Globe and Mail]
Apparently so. At least, according to the study, which indeed found a statistically significant improvement in the at-a-glance gaydar of some 40 undergraduate ladies around the time of their peak ovulation — i.e., peak fertility. (Part three of the report found a bonus enhancement if the women read mini-bodice rippers before testing). The sensible theory offered by the authors ties these findings back into the running notion that a maximally fertile woman is generally looking for and is therefore highly — instinctively even — attuned to the best genes for the buck, which extends to knowing which men would be, well, interested in her.
This makes sense, yes. But on a frivolous note here, can we just add this to the growing stable of cycling superpowers we ladies apparently possess? Because there is a great, big, and perennially growing pile of research suggesting that women regularly (and transiently) become superhot, hypersensory chemical sex bombs with legs, and while yes, science is serious (not counting this) I can’t help seeing some humor.
For your reading pleasure, below is a sampling of some of the hormonally-associated capabilities ascribed in studies, wherein ovulating women can:
Smell hotter and spike guys’ testosterone with the scent of their sweaty T-shirts 
Dress hotter 
Look hotter 
Smell whether a guy is symmetrically assembled 
Get their men to spoil them (also results in their men keeping closer tabs on them, too) 
Make way better stripper tips 
And oh yeah, our brains get bigger