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One of my kids recently taught me about honeypotting and it led to a lot of questions and answers regarding honey in general. This video is the result of a Dr. Doe rabbit hole, falling into investigation after investigation as my curiosity never ends.

Honeypotting is deliberately using sex appeal to persuade someone into carrying out a personal or professional agenda. For this episode I put on some fake glasses (no lenses), padded my bra, and caked on the make-up (including red markered lips) to demonstrate.

Here's a link to research on honey bee stings:
Smith ML. (2014) Honey bee sting pain index by body location. PeerJ 2:e338

And another on SciShow's honey episode:

What I want to know it:
Can I use a sexually alluring display to get your likes, shares, and subscribes? Can my bra full of socks swindle you into staying curious and sex edutaining the universe with me?

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Dr. Doe: According to The Visual Dictionary of Sex, published in 1977, honey has had associations with sex since ancient times. Hippocrates prescribed honey to boost libido, the Vikings connected it to fertility, and even now, jars of honey are gifted to Indian grooms for their burgeoning sex lives. 

I recently learned about the term "honeypotting," and it fits right in with the sexual reputation of this sweet deliciousness. 

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The term "honeypotting" was popularized by the 2014 film The Interview, in which a super-smart government agent uses her cleavage, cute bangs, and fake glasses to persuade a media moron to assassinate the leader of North Korea. She did research to know what would entice him specifically and then used this information to secure her mission - to honeypot him. 

"Honeypot" - deliberately appeal to the less rational parts of another's brain, like their emotions and sex drive, to advance a personal agenda.

Computer programmers use it; spies use it; some of you probably partake. It's really methodical, like clickbaiting. They stalk you, know what hooks will work, and then they put them in place, and the next thing you know, you're doing exactly what they wanted as if you had come up with the idea yourself. 

It's an uncomfortable thing to accept, even if the outcome is noble: somebody played you. 

Examples: Katniss Everdeen, Saffron from Firefly, and Dr. Grace Augustine from Avatar

In comparison: honeydick, honeydick, honeydick, honeydick. All of these men in their acting roles portrayed someone who used sex or sweet talk to manipulate another person into playing a part in their plot.

Here's another term for you: "honey trapping." This is when a private detective uses seduction to test whether or not someone is having affairs - or less officially, anyone pretending to be sexually available to collect evidence of any kind.

My curious brain wants to know what happens if you actually put honey in a vagina or on a penis - is literal honeypot/honeydick safe?

You might think that sugar causes a yeast infection or creates painful friction - but no! In fact, honey has been used to treat yeast infections, herpes, and UTIs; some people use it to stop burning sensations and vaginal dryness. There isn't strong clinical evidence to support this, but empirical data - people's experiences - suggest smearing high-quality manuka honey onto infected areas, leaving it for 15 minutes, then wiping it off with a wet cloth produces better results than over-the-counter alternatives. Here's a SciShow to explain. 

Manuka honey in particular has antimicrobial properties that protect and repair damage caused by bacteria, and Web MD adds that honey's anti-inflammatory nature can also reduce pain! I'm not prescribing anything - if you have an infection, please visit with your medical provider for a care plan, including if you seek penis enlargement. 

Four different home remedies for a bigger penis, and in all of them? Honey. I don't have statistics to back these recipes, but I do find them fascinating. Is honey truly an aphrodisiac? Does it have healing properties? What is it about those bees? 

Michael Smith, a PhD candidate at Cornell University, is currently finishing his study of reproductive investment and honeybee colonies - essentially, he's studying bee puberty. Before this, he studied honeybee stings - the scale of pain for honeybee stings on 25 different parts of his body. What he found is that the penis is actually one of the top three most painful places he got stung, just after his upper lip and nostril. Scrotum was number four.

I wonder about how a vulva would handle the sting. Would honey soothe that wound? Could we honeypot someone into letting us sting them? 

Stay curious!

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