Health :: Why women are attracted to married men

Scientists have finally cracked why women are attracted to married men. British researchers say women may be genetically programmed to seek out men who carry the scent of their spouses? skin.

So perhaps Jennifer Aniston can relax. Angelina Jolie might have been attracted to the smell of the Friends star when she fell in love with Brad Pitt on the sets of Mr and Mrs Smith. Did Shobhaa De know that her theory of south Indian heroines falling for married Punjabi heroes in Bollywood had an olfactory basis? An Indian psychiatrist says that may well be the case ? especially if you believe this latest reading of the Aniston-Jolie-Pitt story.

Elucidating further, scientists say that a woman finds a man who carries the smell of another woman more attractive than a ?clean? man. Neurologist Donald Paff says, ?It could be seen as a female trusting the male choice of another female.? The key is the chemical oxytocin, nicknamed ?attachment hormone?, which is released during pregnancy, childbirth and sex. Female mice who had oxytocin were attracted to males who were attached. It could be the same for Homo sapiens.

Barry Keverne, Cambridge University professor, says females might be selecting those males because of a need for ?sisterhood?. ?The odour may have made females believe the male was another female,? he says.

So if something is rotten in your marriage, woman, blame it on your smell. Even science let the man off easily.

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