New Trend: Pit Stank Soirees


The straight world has caught on to something that's just a regular night at NYC's Eagle:

After an initial test event in New York back in 2010, the Pheromone Party hit Los Angeles earlier this month, inviting single males and females to let prospective partners smell their worn T-shirts to decide which scent they are most attracted to.

The concept is based upon the scientific theory that pheromones can trigger sexual attraction and works as follows: guests are invited to sleep for three nights in a row in a cotton T-shirt to capture their “odor print"; they then place their bagged T-shirt on a table at the pheromone party and if fellow attendees like what they smell they take a picture with the bag, making it easy to see who likes whose smell.

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  1. Nasty ass and perverted

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 30, 2012 1:14:58 PM

  2. This is more than just attraction. Additional studies have shown that this mechanism allows men and women to pick out those partners with genetic strengths (for breeding) which they themselves lack. It is a natural mechanism which helps to create the healthiest offspring possible and it works.

    Posted by: Doug | Apr 30, 2012 1:26:49 PM

  3. Do you think after almost 60 years of covering up these orders we are cultured not to like them;or,will the caveman in us come out?

    Posted by: Gynbear | Apr 30, 2012 1:28:03 PM

  4. THREE whole days? By then, bacteria have largely decomposed the skin oils and other aromatic compounds on the shirt, putrefying it. For most men, one day is enough, and for just about anyone with sweat glands, the thing to do is to exercise in the shirt anywhere up to several hours prior to having others smell it.

    I think these people don't really understand the science behind what they're trying to do. They're not really smelling each others' pheromones, just each other's rankness.

    And that's not to say I don't understand their point of view; but in my personal experience, it works the other way around--I have to first find someone attractive before my nose appreciates how they smell. While there have been guys I've been attracted to that just "don't smell right" (there's something off-putting about their odor that has nothing to do with intensity, but most likely diet, genetics, or medication), there has never been a guy whose smell I liked first, only to find them physically attractive later.

    Posted by: atomic | Apr 30, 2012 1:42:26 PM

  5. Raunch finally comes out of the closet.

    Posted by: Tone | Apr 30, 2012 2:04:05 PM

  6. @Atomic: Yeah, I've had the exact same situation with some guys with an odour that just overrides everything about them that I find attractive. The only analogy I can think of is that I suddenly realise they're female...

    Posted by: MikeW | Apr 30, 2012 2:07:33 PM

  7. Atomic's mention of diet was interesting. I find the smell of a carnivore a little off putting. I've always wandered if vegetarians have a particular scent. Would vegans smell different from vegetarians?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 30, 2012 2:11:41 PM

  8. I think they got the right idea but applied it to the wrong piece of underwear! Let everybody put their undies in a plastic bag after one long day and see who likes who's smell.

    Dogs do this all the time, only without the undies. Woof, sniff, woof, sniff, sniff, sniff.

    Posted by: Keepin' It Straight | Apr 30, 2012 2:16:56 PM

  9. We used to have smelly armpit contests here at the SF Eagle on monday nights. Sadly, those don't happen anymore.

    Posted by: David | Apr 30, 2012 2:43:53 PM

  10. It's name is 'raunch'. Some people have this fetish. I don't. I suspect most people don't. But it's 'edgy' and probably a useful marketing tool to get the bored, jaded tools into the club. Kind of like oxygen bars.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 30, 2012 2:44:57 PM

  11. Humans don't have the ability to smell pheromones as some other animals can. Some people just like to smell bacteria and rankness. This seems a gimmick to make a fetish seem scientific.

    Posted by: Vincent-louis Apruzzese | Apr 30, 2012 3:17:25 PM

  12. Dogs don't have eccrine sweat glands--i.e., they don't sweat to thermoregulate. They pant. Their pheromones and other scent cues are found in bodily secretions like urine and feces. Furthermore, dogs have such a highly developed sense of smell compared to humans that it's all but impossible to imagine what their sensory world is like. How does one imagine what it would be like to have a sense of smell so sensitive that you can tell if someone has cancer by sniffing them?

    So with these observations in mind, dogs are perhaps not the best basis for comparison. In any case, it would seem us humans are more sensitive to armpit smell than crotch smell, possibly because the armpits are nearer to nose height. We didn't evolve an upright posture only to bend over to smell other people's crotches.

    As for "raunch," one must be careful to make a distinction between body odor as a component of sexual attractiveness, versus the fetishism of bodily secretions. Being turned on by someone's body odor merely signifies acknowledgement of our evolutionary heritage and the near-universal role of smell in mammalian sexual selection, a role that humans suppressed because of the importance of hygiene in warding off disease. However, being turned on by urine and feces--or their smells--is an entirely different matter, most often rooted in finding arousal in social taboos (i.e., it turns you on because it's "naughty" or "dirty").

    Posted by: atomic | Apr 30, 2012 3:20:27 PM

  13. Since I can't stand the smell of my own worn t-shirts, I don't plan on attending.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 30, 2012 3:40:35 PM

  14. Not so sure about the fermenting, which can change the smell. What usually kills the deal IMO is bad breath from smoking or just different chemical makeup.

    Posted by: ty | Apr 30, 2012 3:57:26 PM

  15. Another classy way to meet your future spouse!

    Posted by: Drew | Apr 30, 2012 4:05:12 PM

  16. yepp doug and sort of already done in FARSCAPE

    season 2 in a 3 episode Arc Kiss The Princess

    on the planet the people kiss to test for genetic compatibility and can't remember but i think they used some drug or tech to cause the kiss to taste good if compatible or taste bad if not

    Posted by: say what | Apr 30, 2012 4:26:17 PM

  17. But of course you must like the way your potential lover smells! Not too mention feel and taste..

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 30, 2012 5:39:40 PM

  18. gag

    Posted by: David T | Apr 30, 2012 9:09:02 PM

  19. One word: GROSS!

    Posted by: nikko | May 1, 2012 1:26:14 AM

  20. To task a historical note - trucker, leather cop, cowboy, labourer... all fermented types were popular in the '70's (to aside, beards are now back in fash) but also further back some asthete elites were driven to lawbreaking sex with the unwashed & swarthy... man smells cuz we're gay & wurth it mister...

    Posted by: Gordon | May 1, 2012 8:01:34 PM

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