Idiotic idea for a gay bomb

The “halitosis bomb” and “gay bomb” are informal names for two theoretical non-lethal chemical weapons, which a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about producing. It involved

The U.S. Military's Idiotic Idea for a Gay Bomb
The U.S. Military’s Idiotic Idea for a Gay Bomb

discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.

 

In the 1970s, “copulins” were patented as products which release human pheromones, based on research on rhesus monkeys. Androstenone, axillary sweat, and “vomodors” have been claimed to act as human pheromones.

 

Using brain imaging technique, Swedish researchers have shown that homosexual and heterosexual males’ brains respond differently to two odors that may be involved in sexual arousal, and that the homosexual men respond in the same way as heterosexual women.

Some body spray advertisers claim that their products contain human sexual pheromones which act as an aphrodisiac. In the 1970s, “copulins” were patented as products which release human pheromones, based on research on rhesus monkeys. Subsequently, androstenone, axillary sweat, and “vomodors” have been claimed to act as human pheromones. Despite these claims, no pheromonal substance has ever been demonstrated to directly influence human behavior in a peer reviewed study.

Few well-controlled scientific studies have ever been published suggesting the possibility of pheromones in humans. Using a brain imaging technique, Swedish researchers have shown that homosexual and heterosexual males’ brains respond differently to two odors that may be involved in sexual arousal, and that the homosexual men respond in the same way as heterosexual women, though it could not be determined whether this was cause or effect. The study was expanded to include homosexual women; the results were consistent with previous findings meaning that homosexual women were not as responsive to male identified odors, while their response to female cues was similar to that of heterosexual males.According to the researchers, this research suggests a possible role for human pheromones in the biological basis of sexual orientation. In 2008, it was found using functional magnetic resonance imaging that the right orbitofrontal cortex, right fusiform cortex, and right hypothalamus respond to airborne natural human sexual sweat.