But don\’t we all know this already?

She made the plausible assumption that the most attractive members of each sex are the ones with the widest range of options, and therefore that their behavior more closely reflects each sex\’s actual preferences. The corollary is that because less attractive individuals have fewer options, they are under more pressure to compromise and thus their behavior more closely matches the opposite sex\’s preferences.

Yes, of course.

If you\’re looking for a quick legover you don\’t target the hottie. You go rather further down the attractiveness scale….as far as you can bear the more likely the legover becomes.

Thought every man knew that?

17 comments on “But don\’t we all know this already?

  1. Before looking at the article linked to, I sussed the “research” was done by a sociologist, and so it turned out.

    Sociology is a series of statements of the blindingly obvious dressed up in the sort of pseudo scientific language that academics are so good at.

    University sociology departments should be closed down and the relevant buildings hired out as office space.

  2. Been working for me for years! Actually the more genetically dissimilar and the hotter the temperature the lower that bar seems to go!

  3. Yes. Men know this. Hence the research was done by a woman.

    Cue swarms of outraged crocahippogorillapigs in dingy nightclubs exclaiming “I don’t want to be your score in ‘Go Ugly Early’, you misogynist vermin.”

    “At least until I’ve had a couple more pints of snakebite …”

  4. Well Ralph, to be fair, science (if sociology be such) often has to state the obvious because people have a strong tendency to have other beliefs.

    A few years ago I got into a furious row on a Star Trek usenet group (yes, I am a nerd) about the apparently obvious statement that “young women are more attractive than old ones”, since I had said that it was a pity Linda Carter wasn’t still young enough to play Wonder Woman in a big movie. I found myself arguing with a bunch of furious white knight beta males insisting that such a statement of the obvious was sexist, mysoginist, etc, that women get ever more attractive as they get older, and that I was probably a paedophile, etc.

    People believe all sorts of crap, particularly about sex, mostly because people aren’t half as interested in truth, as in believing in what they want to believe to be true.

  5. >Sociology is a series of statements of the blindingly obvious dressed up in the sort of pseudo scientific language that academics are so good at.

    Unfortunately only some of it is like that. Most of sociology is statements of the obviously false dressed up in the sort of pseudo scientific language that academics are so good at.

  6. Ian B – There’s a name for that breed of sad losers – the Manginas…

    What’s worse is their tears as their right on feminist friends who they’ve been orbiting in the vain hope of a shag, go off and throw their knickers at the first caveman who ignores their bullshit…

  7. My high school experience does not exactly comply. Yes, the most beautiful girls were in great demand making the competition harder, (so many boys, so little time), but generally, pretty girls seemed more likely proud of their charms or perhaps more comfortable with, exposing their charms. I love fems still.

  8. Hmm, yes, tex (#8) may have something there.

    Good looking girls being more likely to, only not likely to do so with me. Less good lookers perhaps more likely to do so with me if they were going to, but less likely to do so at all.

    Perhaps a graph with a couple of intersecting lines giving the level of attractiveness that gives the best opportunity?

  9. The problem with this kind of research is that there are always assumptions written into the analysis, which is why Sociolology is often little more than a modern version of the old moralist tract kinda thing. For instance in this case, there is an assumption that women are acting on their preferences. They may instead be acting on expectations. That is, they may be frothing at the knicker, but think that as a classy bird they should make him wait a bit, because that is what the (Judaeo-Puritan derived) hegemonic morality tells them to do- a moral code btw particularly influential among Sociologists who are rather strongly influenced by it via Feminism/PC.

    This hegemonic morality, being basically insane, has some humorous consequences. It brings to mind a discussion I read some time ago on one of the “Game” blogs, where one commenter was alternately complaining that (a) he couldn’t get any pussy and (b) he didn’t want to sleep with sluts (i.e. “easy” women).

    The Game-osphere is often fun to read for a bit. It largely consists of an internet version of that old Coca-Cola ad set in a ’50s diner, with the dweeb asking the cool rocker type “Hey Eddie, how come you’re such a bit hit with the girls?”. Except with added cod-sociobiological codswallop, rather than advice to drink Coca-Cola to achieve instant babe-magnetism.

  10. They once made me take a “Sociologyyear” whilst at Edinburgh uni.

    Now. An ex copper, ex Military copper, born cynical, and male, thrown into a class of fifteen 17 year old “straight out of schoolgirls”, with an “ever so nice outlook on life, went down like a bloody Led Zeppelin, I tell you!!!

    GREAT FUN!!!!

    (Did not pass, bye the way, the tutor was obviously a “Dutch method of holding back sea water.”

  11. Now. An ex copper, ex Military copper, born cynical, and male, thrown into a class of fifteen 17 year old “straight out of schoolgirls”,

    I’ve got a rip of this movie from an old 8mm loop, somewhere on the hard drive, I swear.

  12. Ian B – There’s a name for that breed of sad losers – the Manginas…

    There’s a worse kind, one that I detested in university (and there were a lot of them there): the guys who would become “close friends” with girls and aggressively deny they were actually just trying to get into their knickers like the rest of us. They were the slimiest bastards I’ve ever encountered.

  13. Paul Calf put it best: “I’m a feminist. You’ve got to be nowadays, if you want to get your leg over”.

  14. It is interesting that nobody has meantioned wealth as a great attractor especially of females.Why else do flash cars exist?

  15. A weird element to all of this is that very attractive women tend to intimidate men of all sorts which leads to the potential of dateless Saturday nights.

    Back in my catting about days I always made a point of chatting with the prettiest two or three girls in a room. And, if I got anywhere at all, I’d squirrel away their numbers and call around 4:00 on a Saturday afternoon. 50% date success rate simply by playing the odds.

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