I was perusing my Denton Record Chronicle while I drank my morning coffee. Some people may prefer their news on the internet or the television, but I am a die-hard fan of the daily newspaper. It’s how I know the important things that are going on in the world. You know, like: what’s happening in the police blotter, who died, who is getting married, what happened on this day in 1897 right here in Denton. That’s the news I just can’t live without.
Yesterday, this headline blared right out at me:
This is news?
Being a curious sort, I read the article even though I didn’t think it was worth putting in the bottom of the bird cage. It seems that researchers led by Peter M. Todd, of the cognitive science program at Indiana U went over to Munich, Germany to study folks’ mating habits.
The article didn’t make it clear just exactly what they were trying to prove, but it mentioned some mumbo jumbo about “Darwin’s principle of choosy females and competitive males.” For the test, researchers had 26 men and 20 women participate in a “speed dating” meeting. That’s where you talk to a potential date for a few minutes and then play “musical chairs.” Sounds as stressful to me as trying to pick somebody up in a bar [not that I would know anything about that].
The people filled out a questionnaire beforehand to tell what they looked for in a mate (attractiveness, healthiness, family commitment, status, wealth etc). Researchers compared that questionnaire to what people actually chose.
You will never guess what!
Yeah you will.
The researchers found that what people said they were looking for in a date wasn’t actually reflected in the people they chose to ask out. The “study” showed that women “made more discriminating choices.” Men weren’t picky. As long as the packaging wasn’t damaged, they didn’t care what was inside. The article states, and I quote, “Men tended to pick every woman above a certain minimum attractiveness threshold.”
They needed a study to figure this out? Do you need a study to determine if a pig likes to roll around in
Now, I’d really like to talk to this Professor Todd, because I have a few questions for him:
I do have to tell you that I take exception to this statement in the article, that said women chose “men who had overall qualities that were on a par with the women’s self-rated attractiveness. They didn’t greatly overshoot their attractiveness because part of the goal for women is to choose men who would stay with them.” This fellow Todd also stated that women “knew what they could get and aimed for that level.”
Those researchers don’t have a clue about how women think!
That’s if I didn’t already have my Sweet Spousal Unit, who is just as attractive as either of those men. In fact, since I have him, I never dream about Harrison Ford anymore.
What’s that Paul Newman quote? “Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?”[Did I pull myself out of that one, Honey? Do I need to buy flowers for you?]