“Ready to Breed”?

The BBC reports on cues that do and don’t tell one that a woman is “ready to breed”.

A sexy swing of the hips may attract admiring glances, but it is not a covert sign a woman is ready to breed, according to researchers.

Why don’t we go around swinging our hips when we’re “ready to breed”?

A sexy walk would be too obvious, so women are thought to use changes in smell and facial expressions that can be experienced only at close range.

Yup. That’s exactly what I do.

Now, what these studies are actually about is whether there is a correlation between smells, facial expressions, other behaviours (like walks) and ovulation. Maybe there is– I haven’t examined the evidence. But I can say with assurance that ovulation is not in fact correlated with readiness to breed. (Thanks, Jender-Parents!)