No Sex for Oil?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Throughout history, humans have used their bodies to get what they want -- from ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, who cemented her power through liaisons with Roman rulers Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, to the man and woman who were arrested at a Fort Wright, Kentucky, motel in late June for allegedly swapping sex for gasoline. Regardless of our motivation, scientists say we're hardwired to use our bodies as a bargaining chip.

More interesting is the handyman's account of his numerous solicitations, or rather his reasoning for them:

"It's all about the fantasy of being taken by the rough-hewn construction guy"
Compared to sex director Dr. Chris Fariello's explanation:
Plain and simple, a partner who provides more resources -- wealth, shelter, home repairs -- is seen as more attractive and stands to reap more sexual rewards.