So they don't look each other in the eye either?

Research tracks the male gaze to below the belt.

Published March 14, 2007 4:47PM (EDT)

Nine times out of 10, this woman abjures "men this, women that" research. But my eye couldn't help tracking to a recent eye-tracking study conducted by Web "usability" guru Jakob Nielsen and summarized in the Online Journalism Review. Seems that when viewing photos, women fixate on faces; men, well, on crotches. (Wait! Before you ladies feel all huffy and objectified, the example in the study was the crotch of legendary third baseman George Brett. And before you fellas feel all huffy and objectified, please note this finding: "Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site.") Not sure what to say about this finding except to wonder what evolutionary biologists might have to say about it. And whether the next Maxim cover will feature a pouty Great Dane. Via Boing Boing.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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