When I first heard “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J, I didn’t realize that “Bandz” was slang for $1,000 wad of cash. I thought Juicy J was just restating that old myth that women are more attracted to musicians than talentless losers like you and me.
Turns out, it’s not a myth. According to a recent study conducted in France, the sexiest nation in the world, male musicians have an advantage when trying to pick up chicks than talentless losers like you and me.
Nicolas Guéguen of the Universite de Bretagne-Sud and his team of researchers took a 20 year old man with, “…a high level of physical attractiveness,” to the shopping district of a French city where he would approach 300 women between the ages of 18 and 22.
The sexy man would introduce himself, compliment the women, and ask for their phone numbers. For one third of these pickups, the man was holding a guitar case. For the other two thirds he was holding a sports bag and was empty handed.
The implication that he was a musician greatly increased his chances of getting a phone number. When he was holding the guitar case, 31% of women gave the sexy man their phone number. Only 9% of women gave out their phone numbers when he was holding a sports bag and only 14% when he wasn’t holding anything.
So what is the scientific explanation for the aphrodisiac qualities of a man holding a guitar case?
Well there are a number of possible explanations.
Some people believe that music grew out of primitive courtship rituals and that music and sex are closely linked. As most songs are about sex in one way or another, this really shouldn’t be too surprising.
The research team also offered the explanation that playing music is associated with physical and mental prowess, which are good qualities in a sexual partner. An instrument also implies a good work ethic because you have to practice your guitar if you’re going to use it to seduce women.
There’s also the possibility that musical ability might be caused by prenatal exposure to testosterone. “Testosterone enhances the growth of the right hemisphere, and may facilitate musical ability,” researchers Vanessa Sluming and John Manning write in their Music and Testosterone study from 2000. “If it does so, musical ability then is a signal for male fertilizing ability.”
Finally, there is the old quote from Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones, “All you need to be a good guitarist is a big dick and dirty fingernails.” Maybe women everywhere know about this and are just playing the percentages.
Either way, I need to learn how to play guitar as fast as possible. Or at least start walking around town with an empty guitar case.