POST 12: PERIODIC SEXUAL SUSCEPTIBILITY

Hi again! To complete our discussion on proactive erections, there is one more topic we need to cover – mainly, what I like to call periodic sexual arousal, as exemplified by estral animals. A bitch, for example, goes in heat on (more-or-less) a regular basis and it is typically in this state that she will be “mounted” by a mature male of her kind. This periodic receptiveness to sex can be described as proactive because it does not depend on the presence of a mature male. Essentially, a bitch in heat is yet another example of an animal that “advertises to acquire” – or attract – a sexual partner. The attracting, to elaborate, is achieved by the release of pheromones in the air that can arouse mature male dogs that smell them [see Figure 12.1]. Once aroused, the males instinctually search for the female source of those pheromones so that they may copulate with her, so as to impregnate her. Thus, such males can be described as animals that “search [for] and seize” reproductive opportunities.

Figure 12.1: Attractor pheromones from a bitch in heat [left] attract mature male dogs [middle] for copulation [right].

Figure 12.1: Attractor pheromones from a bitch in heat [left] attract mature male dogs [middle] for copulation [right].

Opportunistic Arousal – a closer look
Opportunistic erections, as you know, occur when instinct detects an opportunity to procreate. This typically means finding a fertile member of the opposite gender by using the senses, such as sight or smell. It is important not to forget, however, that for many animals, an opportunistic arousal may also depend on detecting a preconstructed nest or some other location that is suitable for laying eggs – this is typical for spawning creatures.

Recapping
O.K., now we can summarize by saying that proactive erections, at the general level, can be described as being either due to:

  1. anxiety due to sexual competition,
  2. anxiety due to mortal affliction,
  3. conditioning, or
  4. periodicity (for estral creatures) [see Tree 12.1].
Tree 12.1: Proactive sexual arousal, as shown here, also includes the periodic sexual receptiveness of estral animals. This is labeled as periodicity, in our updated model.

Tree 12.1: Proactive sexual arousal, as shown here, also includes the periodic sexual receptiveness of estral animals. This is labeled as periodicity, in our updated model.

Next time, I’ll be discussing one of the most important, yet overlooked, issues regarding sexuality. Until then, all the best.