Forget speed dating. Forget online dating. That’s right… there’s something new on the dating scene and it hits Los Angeles tonight with a party at Cinefamily and a screening of The Naked Ape (appropriately) after. This time the idea has science behind it and pheromones.
Brainchild, Judith Prays, a 25 year old rapper and web developer out of Atlanta, realized that all of her past dating had been based on intellect and someone looking good on paper, and when she tried dating purely on physical attraction, she had her most successful relationship to date. “And I was obsessed with how he smelled,” she said. “And I had heard about that experiment about pheromones.”
According to a recent article, “The so-called “sweaty T-shirt” experiment asked females to sniff t-shirts recently worn by males. Turns out the women preferred the scent of men whose immune response genes were different from their own, suggesting they might produce more healthy offspring.”
So Judith set up the first party: each participant brings a white cotton t-shirt that they’ve slept in for three nights. The shirts are placed in Ziploc bags marked with numbers. People take turns sniffing the contents. If they like what they smell, they have their picture taken holding the bags. Then there’s a photo slideshow, and if you see someone cute holding your numbered bag they choose, you can then connect with them.
‘Scott Thrift, an artist who lives in Brooklyn, attended the first pheromone party, and met a woman there he dated for six months. He says the party’s a fun time, but it’s also a lesson in evolutionary biology. “I think that there is truth to this,” Thrift said. “We’re beasts, we’re human beings, were animals. And we do a really good job of convincing each other that we’re not. And this party really just puts it in your face, literally.”’
‘Dr. Charles Wysocki, a neuroscientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said even though these parties lack the controls of a scientific experiment, there’s still a lot of science behind them. “And I think the more people learn about the real science behind these quirky pheromone parties, the more they take seriously the possible impact the sense of smell on social situations and even mate choice,” Wysocki said.’
Tickets are still available for the party tonight if you live in the Los Angeles area, or why not plan your own Pheromones Party. It’s easy, all you need is a computer and camera, and who knows what might come of it.