Spring Fever and Why it Makes Us Horny

Spring Fever and Why it Makes Us Horny

by Coleen Singer at sssh.com

Spring Fever: So if you’re like me and live in one of the areas that has just lived through one of the coldest winters on record in decades, you’re very grateful for the warmer temperatures this week (even if they come with flash floods and copious amounts of mud and melting dog poop). It will come as no surprise to learn that Spring Fever, that hard-to-define yet instantly recognizable state of being that seems to make life worth living, is upon us now. Sweeping the nation, in fact.

But what is it? How can it be measured? Does it really make us as horny as a deer in rutting season? And why does it seem to send a daffodil-scented jolt to our nether regions?

Well, if you prefer to think of spring fever as a mere romantic notion, the poets have many subtle ways of defining it. Alfred Lord Tennyson famously wrote, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Victor Hugo wrote, in “Les Miserables”:  “If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.” And Shakespeare said, “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything” in Sonnet 98.

But I think one has to look to humorist and novelist Mark Twain to get the best and most definitive statement: “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

AskMen.com explored the topic and asks if it is indeed a biological phenomenon, or merely a convenient excuse for men to act like horndogs. Their reasoning behind what causes an explosion of odd feelings is offered as three basic points. One: the increase of light where we’d been used to dreary darkness for months (in other words, the increased vitamin D absorption of sunlight improves our physical vitality). Two: increased physical activity, which helps support hormone production, greater energy stores and general well being. And Three: that natural urge to mate which is present in most mammals in the warmer months.

Mother Nature makes sure that the male of the species can easily recognize the fertile female by the mating signals she puts out: by way of flirty flowered dresses lining the racks in the stores, seasonally-appropriate pink and peach shades of lipstick, and shapely bare legs undergoing regular hair removal.

Then there’s the tendency for our favorite  radio stations to start playing “warm weather songs” like “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Standing on the Corner” or “All Summer Long” or “Going Up the Country” or “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Music is a powerful cultural cue and songs that make us feel good improve our confidence, sexually and otherwise. Teen Vogue even came up with a list of songs that will get you in the perfect mood for Spring Fever; ya know, if you’re 15 years old. But if you’re like most of us, a nice mix of oldies and contemporary songs is a better way to get in the mood for warm weather activities.

Should we worry if we don’t get excited about sightings of the opposite sex (or the same one, if that’s our preference) in their spring finery? It’s not a bad idea to get a check up if you find yourself feeling depressed once the warm weather hits. It’s not unusual for people to get a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in winter, but once you’re spending more time outdoors and getting some sun, the blues should lift. If they don’t, you may have a Vitamin D deficiency, or have a condition which makes it absorption difficult.

Is spring fever a dependable phenomenon? It certainly seems to be, given its universal recognizability. We all know how it feels, even if, like Mark Twain, we have trouble explaining it. Who knows? Maybe we really are hard-wired to echo nature’s season of renewal and fertility. Or, if you’ll permit me some thoughtful rambling, maybe we merely enjoy the symbolism of new life and growth: it reminds us that everything changes, growth is possible, and renewal is inevitable. Plus, shorts, sandals and sun-kissed skin are sexy.

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Coleen Singer
Coleen Singer is a writer, photographer, film editor and all-around geeky gal at Sssh.com, where she often waxes eloquent about sex, porn, sex toys, censorship, the literary and pandering evils of Fifty Shades of Grey and other topics not likely to be found on the Pulitzer Prize shortlist. She is also the editor and curator of EroticScribes.com. When she is not doing all of the above, Singer is an amateur stock-car racer and enjoys modifying vintage 1970s cars for the racetrack. Oh, she also likes porn.
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