My word, isn’t this a surprise?

Men who have put on lockdown weight, rejoice – women have a positive opinion about it. Researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi found that women perceived men with dad bods to be better parent material. While the gym-honed body is considered generally more attractive, it scores the lowest with women regarding monogamy and child-rearing.

For the study, 800 women were shown bodies ranging from lean to slightly overweight. The dad bod came out on top, while the gym bod came last. Dad bods scored high with positive behaviours: “Babies melt this person’s heart”; “This person tries to teach their child new things”. Gym bods were assigned negative traits, such as “This person thinks kids are annoying” and “This person grabs or handles their child roughly”. The research also alludes ominously to gym bods’ “pluralistic mating strategies”.

Men who have continuing choice in bed partners are seen as less reliable Dad material than those whose choices are more restricted.

Shocked I tell ya, shocked!

10 thoughts on “My word, isn’t this a surprise?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    The alt-right even have a phrase for this – Alpha Fucks, Beta bucks.

    Women will try to sleep with the hottest man they can manage. Then they will settle down with whatever man lacking basic self-respect will have them. And proceed to mentally compare them to the husband’s disservice from then on.

    That is, no doubt, why women are unhappier now than before feminism.

    The great thing is that some women admit it. For instance, every sentence bar two, maybe three, in this quote is a lie:

    “When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”

  2. When I got married in my mid thirties I had a gym bod. I gradually went pear shaped over the next twenty years. Then I was diagnosed with type two diabetes and got myself fit again. Now, at age 62 I have an excellent, though slightly more wrinkly, physique. I’d like to think that I have been an excellent husband and father either way.

  3. In evolutionary terms, the fuller figure in a man is perceived as a sign of prosperity, that he has plenty of food, which indicates he will be a good provider and thus is a plus for a woman to know she and her offspring will have plenty to eat.

    The thinner, more muscles man evidently is spending a lot of time running around trying to catch something to eat, not very successfully.

  4. Less peops do manual labour and manual anything nowadays so i guess there’s a fewer overall number in the “fit for purpose” category, yet the body physique spectrum has broadened at both ends with most definitely non trivial populations inhabiting them. .

  5. I call bullshit on the study. Stated preferences aren’t revealed preferences. Especially when it comes to primitive mating behaviour.

  6. Male attributes:
    • Good genes—may be judged by a man’s rank in the male dominance hierarchy, which will be correlated with height, muscularity, broad shoulders, confidence, symmetry, attractiveness, intelligence, wealth, income and willingness to take risks.
    • Parental investment—the perceived propensity of a man to help in the care of offspring.

    For long-term relationships, women seek good genes as a primary consideration, and parental investment as a secondary consideration. For short-term relationships, women seek only good genes.

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