Your Sexiest Superpower
Say hello to the most potent tool in your attraction arsenal
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. ■