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Snake wine and Frog Shakes

BALUT

http://www.gpwa.org/forum/eatting-filipino-balut-198757.html

Now that we’ve looked at western forms of aphrodisiacs, why don’t we look at something a little out of our comfort zone……….aphrodisiacs from other countries!

Not only do I think this is some of the most interesting stuff to read about and look at but the way these foods work as an aphrodisiac is extremely interesting as well.  For some of these cultures, food does more than just give us nutrients.  In Chinese culture, food is cooked the way it is and consumed in order to keep an equal balance of yin and yang.

To give you a taste of what some of these aphrodisiacs include, just read down the list (Festa):

–          Balut (Southeast Asia)

–          Snake essence in wine (meaning an entire snake is pickled in wine jars) (China/Vietnam)

–          Testicles (found all over the world)

–          Frog shakes (Peru)

–          Black chicken (Southeast Asia)

–          Caterpillar Fungus (China)

–          Hagfish (Southeast Asia)

–          Bird’s Nest Soup (China………and I’ve actually eaten this)

SNAKE WINE

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This may just seem like a list of foods that people can eat in order to increase their sexual performance and such but there is so much more to the process.  For example, unlike in American culture, you can eat chocolate and increase your sexual performance because it has nutrients in it.  However, when you eat testicles in some countries, not only does is it believed that it gives you nutrients, but it is believed also believed that you gain the potency of the sperm inside the testicle.  This may seem weird in our culture but in many cultures; this is completely normal and is something that we must respect for its tradition and cultural value.  But once again, are these foods something that actually gives us energy? Or is it a placebo effect again?  From my personal experience with Bird’s Nest, I honestly have to say that I just felt the same after having it.

Also, I just wanted to give you something else to think about before I end this post.  There is a lot of truth in that many of these aphrodisiacs have actual nutrients that can help increase our sexual pleasure/drive.  For example, going back to chocolate, it has been found that chocolate actually helps release serotonin which is responsible for us feeling happy and relaxed (Ciampa).  However, at the same time, you have to eat a lot of chocolate before anything like heightened sexual pleasure occurs.  So, let’s really think about it, is it a placebo or real?

 

References:

Ciampa , Linda. “Researchers say chocolate triggers feel-good chemicals.” CNN:Food. N.p., 14 Feb 1996. Web. 5 May 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/indepth.food/sweets/chocolate.cravings/index.html&gt;.

Festa , Jessica . “Unusual Aphrodisiacs from Asian Countries.” AOL Travel. N.p., 03 Mar 2012. Web. 5 May 2012. <http://www.gadling.com/2012/03/03/unusual-aphrodisiacs-from-asian-countries/&gt;.

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Chocolate Covered Oysters: Double the Pleasure

http://la.racked.com/tags/chocolate-covered-oysters

 

As mentioned at the end of a previous post, we are now going to be looking at REAL situations where people ingest food in order to fulfill their gender role or where food becomes a placebo for sexual performance.

Firstly, to make this a little bit more relatable and to not push people off of their comfort zone too quickly, I will be discussing foods found in western culture that do this.  In many cultures, even ours, there is something known as aphrodisiacs.  Aphrodisiacs are foods (which can range from meats to vegetables to herbs) that are supposed to have the nutrients and powers to give men and women whatever they need to be able to perform sexually.

Have you ever heard that chocolate is supposed to improve sex a person’ sex life (5 Best Aphrodisiacs For Men)?  Or that oysters can jumpstart a person’s sex drive?

I certainly have and you can even see it within our culture.  For example, in the movie Easy A, Olive Pendergast is taken to a seafood restaurant by a boy because the boy believes that her eating seafood will increase her sex drive.

But really, isn’t eating chocolate and oysters just something that we tell ourselves in order to feel more confident and therefore be able to increase our sex drive/sexual performance? (aka the placebo effect)

Also, before I get into my example I should probably put out this disclaimer:  I did not use my ex boyfriend as a social experiment, I played a joke on him to prove how gullible he was.

For example, when I was dating my ex (he-who-must-not-be-named), I once told him that if he ate an entire bowl of sautéed onions (which he absolutely detested) it would act as an aphrodisiac and increase his sex drive.  With my ex being super gullible, he ate the entire bowl and within half an hour he said that his sexual appetite was crazier than it had ever been.   Now last time I checked/researched, sautéed onions were not an aphrodisiac anywhere.  So how the heck did his sexual appetite increase exponentially?  I believe it to be the placebo effect.  Also, because he believed in the effects of the sautéed onions, it also boosted his confidence in his sexual performance.

However, regardless of whether or not food is a REAL aphrodisiac or not, I have come to another conclusion.  Food can turn people on simply by how it is used which has created a new relationship with food and sex.  For example, some foods can make us think of erotic symbols which can us on.  I mean, how many times have we seen men get turned on in movies because a woman is seductively eating a banana or popsicle (which can be a phallic symbol for a penis)?  Also, food can turn us on by how it is used during sex and foreplay.  For example, when a person puts whip cream on someone else and licks it off, it’s not the whip cream that is turning us on…….it’s the sensual feeling we get from doing so (Fisher).

With all of this presented information, we can conclude that food can be used to turn us on by ingesting it (either with real scientific properties or through the placebo effect) or by how we use food.

 

References:

“5 Best Aphrodisiacs for Men.” Newsmax. Newsmax Media, Inc. , 22 Nov 2010. Web. 4 May 2012. <http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/aphrodisiacs-viagra-herbal-drugs/2010/11/22/id/377857&gt;.

Fisher, Maryanne. “The Relationship Between Sex and Food.” Psychology Today. Sussex Directories, Inc. , 09 Feb 2011. Web. 4 May 2012. <http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/loves-evolver/201102/the-relationship-between-sex-and-food&gt;.

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Spinach keeps him hard

So I recently just looked at an episode of Popeye and how he eats spinach to become stronger and more masculine. Let’s seriously think about this concept though. Is food always used for satisfying our taste buds and keeping us healthy? Or is it more? Is food also a way for us to perform our gender and to fulfill our masculinity or femininity?

To proceed with this discussion, let’s look at this video that I found online that is another is also Popeye related:

So we have seen this video and quite frankly I have to say it was ridiculously corny and lame.  But let’s look at what it has taught us about fulfilling our gender (masculinity/femininity).  In the video we can see that this guy is trying to be like role playing as Popeye and is pretending as though he is going to sleep with Olive Oyl.  He goes to the drawer to take some Viagra (which is for sexual performance) but he soon realizes that it is all gone.  Instead, this real life Popeye eats some spinach which results in bulking biceps (which I personally found to be unattractive) and is ready to have sex.

Let’s think about this now.  Is the spinach he took really going to keep his erection hard?  Or is it a placebo effect that boosted his confidence (and masculinity) which is now going to make him perform better in bed?  To my knowledge and research, spinach does not keep a man’s erection hard.  But I do know that a little self-confidence can make a man’s penis work again.  Even Viagra has had some studies that shown that the tiny blue pill can physically work for some men but it has also shown that some men aren’t affected by it at all and some men just gain the placebo effect after intake (Loe).

Another way that we can tell this man is going through the placebo effect is because after eating the spinach, his biceps became huge……we do not see if his penis becomes hard, but we see his biceps.  Last time I checked, biceps have nothing to do with sexual performance.

You might ask and say, “Damn it Josh, this is just you being really analytical.  We all know that this video was an exaggeration of Popeye and not actually real.”  But you know what?  This type of stuff is extremely REAL as you will find out when you continue with my next posts.

 

References:

Loe, Meika . The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America. New York : NYU Press, 2011. Print.

 

Shakelightly. “Popeye the Sailorman: Spinach or Viagra”. 16 May. 2011 Online video clip. Youtube. Accessed on 02 May 2012. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUMxhkRidjc&gt;.

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