We believe physical attractiveness and confidence are the major turn-ons for both men and women. Triggering sexual arousal differs for both sexes; men are more stimulated by visual cues, and women are more enticed by touch and emotion. Despite this, men are not the simpler sex when it comes to arousal and desire, they are pleased in the most unconventional, and unusual ways.

A man's sexual desire is more nuanced than believed. Although men do focus on body parts, they have individualized preferences about what those parts should look like. Previous research has found when men do searches online, some overtly sexual in nature, they search for women's body parts, but they catering to their own taste.

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Despite fashion magazines featuring thin women, heterosexual men are searching for other options. In fact, for every “skinny” search there are three “fat” searches, and “BBW” sites, which stands for “Big, Beautiful Women”, are popular. Men are not as clear, or concise when it comes to what turns them on.

There are obvious cues that boost sexual desire in men, but these six turn-ons below will draw him more towards you.


Watching a scary moving or telling ghost stories whilst camping in the wood can set the mood for men. In a study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers set two groups of men to stand on two separate bridges — a fear-arousing suspension bridge suspended 230 feet in the air, or a sturdy, safe bridge. An attractive female interviewer asked the men to fill out questionnaires containing Thematic Apperception Test pictures — a projective psychological test — that determines a person's underlying motives, concerns, and the way they see the world. Those on the bridge have more risqué answers, leading the researchers to believe fear is linked to arousal in the brain, leading men to open up. High anxiety spurred arousal in men.

Smell Of Pumpkin Pie

The smell of pumpkin pie is synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner, and turning a guy on. A study conducted by Chicago's Smell and Taste Research Center found the scent of pumpkin pie mixed with lavender increases blood flow to the penis more than other fragrances, like cranberry, which only led to a two percent increase. Researchers hypothesize the aroma of pumpkin pie may elicit memories of a home-cooked meal or make men feel more at ease.

Altruistic Behavior

The more you lend a helping hand, the more attractive you appear to men. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found people with altruistic behavior are more desirable to the opposite sex, and more likely to have frequent sex. It was found to be a far more effective signal for men than for women. Researchers believe altruism evolved in our species, because it serves as a signal of other underlying desirable qualities, which helps individuals reproduce.

Women's Voices During High Fertility

The sound of a woman's voice also influences how attractive a man perceives a woman. A study in Physiology & Behavior found men find women's voices the most seductive during her most fertile time in her menstrual cycle. Naturally cycling, high fertility female voices was enough to send tingles down a man's spine.

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Long Arms

We know men find the waist, hips and bust most attractive in women, but it seems men love long, shapely arms too. A study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found young, tall, and long armed women were considered the most attractive. Researchers believe long arms may make a woman look slimmer, which can be an indication that she's suitable as a potential mate, a long term partner, or a threat as a sexual competitor.

Women Who Look Like Them

A law of attraction for men: a woman who looks like him. Men tend to be more attracted to women whose features are similarly proportioned to their own, according to a study in PLoS One. This reinforces the theory of homogamy, where individual seek a sexual partner that looks like them, which extends to genetic traits. Researchers wonder if descent from a couple that is relatively similar genetically offer offspring any advantage.

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