What (Straight) Women Want
If you’ve looked at any news website this week, chances are, you’ve read the “breaking news.” Apparently, men tend to go after attractive women, whereas women care more about security (i.e. $$$) and commitment when choosing a partner.
The recent study by Indiana University cognitive scientist Peter Todd of a group of people at a speed-dating session (26 men, 20 women) showed that “the men sought the more attractive women and the women were drawn to material wealth and security, setting their standards according to how attractive they viewed themselves,” according to the IU news release on the study.
Well, this is earth-shattering news! Thanks for confirming every dating stereotype I’ve ever heard! I guess now I just need to find out if I’m attractive enough to land the rich husband I need to succeed in life.
At least, this is the conclusion I’m forced to make if I read all the hype about this study. But let’s give our IU scientist and his colleagues a little more credit, rather than just creating headlines like, “Men want hot women, study confirms,” as I saw on CNN. In the abstract of the study, it says, “modern human mate choices do not reflect predictions of tradeoffs from evolutionary theory but instead follow a ‘likes-attract’ pattern, where people choose mates who match their self-perceptions.”
It’s certainly an interesting study, and I’m always happy to see IU in the news for something other than our party school statistics. But maybe we should use this study to discuss the ridiculous standards of beauty we have in this society and why most people feel like they can never live up to them.
Or maybe we should re-examine our heterosexist dating culture. I can only imagine how a homosexual person feels after reading constant dating “studies” that leave them out completely. Gays and lesbians are allowed to date, last time I checked, even if this stupid country won’t allow them to get married. So let’s remember the entire dating population next time.