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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico RELATIONSHIPS Studies show that men and women treat the shower differently Women for example use a shower as an excuse to relax and unwind though they often are plagued by selfloathing as they con front their naked bod Courtesy photo In the shower men and women are different And plumbing is only the start of it By Jeff Elder The Charlotte Observer If you happen to be reading this in the shower ask yourself Am I in here for a luxurious escape from it all or a brisk cleanup Are men and women different in the shower Am I alone If so who would I like in here with me Lets pull back the flimsy curtain and take a peek into one of lifes most pri vate places The shower can be a refreshing splash in summer and a luxurious warmup in winter The goofiness of Porkys or the terror of Psycho But there is one thing the shower is not according to Dr Debbie Magids a New Yorkbased psychologist Its not what people talk Why Because the shower is a very private very vulnerable place And as a result we just dont know much about its ritu als psychologically Yet many of us are there every So Magids and bathroom products company Olay oversaw a national tele phone survey conducted July 2931 by Roper Public Affairs Media in which adults 18 and older were asked about their shower habits To learn more about the survey click on olay The key finding Men and women are very different in the shower And we aint talking Women take longer for one thing They often stay in for 10 minutes the survey found Many women Find this to be a nurturing place of escape Tak ing a shower is a legitimate excuse for women to be alone to check out and not be held said Magids And yet women cant seem to escape completely Even while under the relax ing spray women said they often think about their fitness flaws and chores they have Men are more businesslike They get wet get clean get out get dry and get dressed What do men think about in the shower Sex and Magids said Men shower when they need to and stay only as long as One last gender difference in the showen Magids found that more women face away from the nozzle while most men face toward it Why I have no she said Thats just one of lifes little When asked which female celebrity theyd most like to shower with most men chose Angelina Jolie Most women chose George Clooney Mens fantasy woman is one who looks hot and exudes says psychologist Debbie Magids She said women chose Clooney because hes sexy funny and protective Two in three Americans have show ered with another person but more men than women have Men are more visual when it comes to says Magids They love to see a woman naked Women like to camouflage and hide their perceived 36 SUNDAY Oct 28 2005 The New Mexican magazine
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