Guns, Cars 'n' Tits

Guns, Cars 'n' Tits
Humping the Invisible Turkey

Chris LaVigne | 14 Oct 2008 13:12
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"Even though the characters are fictional," Sephyroth says, "people will find them attractive. I believe some people take it a step further and seek out pornography of them because they enjoy the fantasy of it. It's the same as if a person is attracted to someone they know in real life. They will probably have secret fantasies of that person, and while they may never get together with that person, it is always nice to dream."

He adds, "I'd assume most people look at hentai for the same reason they look at porn: to get a quick boner."

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"Pornography, in a sense, is an industry that relies on how easy it is to trigger male arousal, and males like to have it triggered," says Professor Catherine Salmon, the Director of the Evolutionary Psychology and Human Sexuality Laboratory at the University of Redlands in California.

She knows the story of the turkey experiment. It's a common one told in textbooks on evolutionary psychology, a field that examines human behavioral patterns as the outcome of natural selection. "Whenever I tell stories like that or think about animals doing that, I think it is like guys and porn," Salmon says. "It's an instinctive reaction to a naked female."

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In terms of sexual arousal, humans can't tell the difference between a real person and a picture of one because we never evolved that way. Evolution takes millions of years, and primitive men would never have encountered the problem of whether they should find Lara Croft hot or not. "One phrase that people have used in the past is to say that we have a stone-age brain in a modern world," Salmon says.

"If you think historically, there was a time when the only source of stimulus would have been actual people. ... In an ancestral world, that fondness for looking at images or seeing beautiful women or being aroused by that would have led to sex with other people, whereas in the modern world, that might not actually be the outcome of that. But it's a psychological sort of motivation that makes men look at porn."

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Online, the 35-year-old German man calls himself Smaz. He, too, does not wish to be identified by his real name, though he says all of his friends and family know what he does.

Smaz makes patches for PC games that remove the clothing from female characters or replace the clothing textures with flesh and genitals. He started in 2004 and says he's made more than 20 nude patches for games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Oblivion, FlatOut and The Sims 2. His patch for Fable makes the breasts of female NPCs visible. In his patch for Jade Empire, you can see female avatars' vaginas up their skirts. He also added detailed genitals to the characters of Battle Raper, a Japanese 3-D fighter where the female combatants' clothes fall off when struck.

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