Your Sex­i­est Su­per­power

Say hello to the most po­tent tool in your at­trac­tion arse­nal

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IT USED TO BE

all about Mar­i­lyn. Study af­ter study found high-pitched voices like Mon­roe’s coo to be the most arous­ing. But re­cent re­search sug­gests a shift: to­day’s turnyou- on fe­male tone has dropped a few oc­taves. In one trial, when women were asked to ‘sound sexy’, they low­ered their tim­bre. Men re­sponded favourably, deem­ing those ladies more at­trac­tive, says Su­san Hughes, who stud­ies hu­man voice and sex ap­peal at Al­bright Col­lege.

Why? Over time, we’ve been primed by pop cul­ture (think Jes­sica Rab­bit and huskyvoiced stars such as Demi Moore) to in­ter­pret a grav­elly voice as a sig­nal that a woman is down to hop in the sack, says Hughes. Now, hear­ing throaty words can ig­nite arousal – a phe­nom­e­non you can lever­age even if you don’t sound like Gigi Ha­did. To reach vo­cal-vixen sta­tus, go slow, soft and low, says sex ex­pert Jenny Block, au­thor of O Wow: Dis­cov­er­ing Your Ul­ti­mate Or­gasm. It’ll heighten in­ti­macy be­tween you and the cutie you’re flirt­ing with.

‘But you don’t want to stray too far from what you really sound like, into Barry White ter­ri­tory,’ cau­tions Block. Just a bit lower than your nat­u­ral voice will dial up the lust.

Once you nail your vampy sound, Block sug­gests teas­ing out the let­ters M and S (in words such as mag­i­cal or saucy), as they evoke the moans you make in bed. You can also ask your part­ner what he likes to hear dur­ing sex. Does he want you to whis­per ‘yesss’, or like it when you mur­mur ‘ Touch my clit’? Bonus: this chat could turn into frisky fore­play! As the Xrated ac­tion un­folds, nar­rate each move to drive your boo wild. ‘Say, “I love it when you kiss me there,”’ says Block. Or go for an elon­gated, hoarse ‘mmm, yeah.’ Take that, Mar­i­lyn. ■

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