Is your pain face the same as your orgasm face?

According to the general assumption, the face you make when in pain is the same when you orgasm. However, one dodgy set of researchers want to remove the lead from our pencils.



According to urban legend (and your dodgier relative) the face you make when you stub your toe is identical to one when you climax. Blergh. To be fair, there’s a mountain of evidence that backs up legend, both published in the media, and the world of science.

Well, new research illustrates that theory might leave us wanting, as researchers believe that your pain face and your crisis face being the same doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Also, I can tell you’re theorising about the contours of your own, and what that’d look like, you dirty, curious git. Also, me too.

To prove their point, researchers from the University of Glasgow and De Montfort University asked nearly 200 people from numerous cultures what their orgasm face looked like, and if they could show them. Jesus. What a pickup line.

With the data, the researchers manufactured a set of animated faces that articulated their findings.

While there was an obvious difference between gestures of pleasure and pain, o-faces were also split along lines of culture, and Jesus, what am I typing?

“In each culture, the facial expression models of pain and orgasm are both physically and perceptually distinct,” they explain in the paper.

“Cross-cultural comparisons also show differences in the facial expression models of orgasm, including wide-open eyes among Westerners and smiling in East Asians. In contrast, facial expression models of pain are similar across cultures.”

There’s good news on that front, as the researches have cobbled together a dodgy video to illustrate their point:



Well, I’m never sleeping/sleeping with someone ever again.

To paraphrase the great Dr Ian Malcolm, perhaps they were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should. That, and please don’t call me, Ian. Not now. I know too much.

I’m in pain, not in crisis.




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