Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fearful women love tough men

A new research article in Evolution and Human Behavior found that women who are fearful of crime are more likely to prefer men who are aggressively dominant and physically formidable for long-term partners. They argue that aggressiveness is not an unalloyed good in a partner since these types of men are more likely to be abusive, unreliable, and unfaithful. Perceived payoff is greater if the woman inhabits a dangerous environment and lacks the resources to protect herself.

Using a sample of mostly white female Internet respondents, the authors reported that greater fear of crime, higher levels of neighborhood violent crime during childhood, and lower levels of education predicted preference for a "manlier" man. The childhood effect suggests that some of the preference becomes established perhaps during the sociosexually important teen years. 

The authors should have considered individual differences (e.g., neuroticism) as well as differences in circumstances. (Their approach seems typical for cowardly evolutionary psychologists. Race, of course, is smoothed over in the study.)

To all you betas out there looking for a partner: the lesson is to associate with more educated women; to live in places where women are safe; and to advocate for the type of society where social order is a top priority.

6 comments:

Jim Bowery said...

A not insignificant problem with your beta-friendly society is that the alphas turn out to be guys like Henry "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac" Kissinger.

That way leads to Hell.

Anonymous said...

This is also a reason that fearful chicks like rich guys even if they aren't that hot because they can afford to live in a safer neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps one of the reasons betas do so well with East Asian women.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading an article about mate preference in women based upon their own socioeconomic status.

Women who made little money preferred the muscular, buffed out, physically imposing and dominant man, whereas women who made more money preferred men who were more refined, rich, educated and fit/slender.

Petar said...

"To all you betas out there looking for a partner: the lesson is to associate with more educated women; to live in places where women are safe; and to advocate for the type of society where social order is a top priority. "

Or, alternatively - just hit the gym.

Anonymous said...

Women like violent thugs - surprise! Women with low future orientation REALLY like violent thugs - big surprise!

I wonder how the secular decline in crime rates over the past 20 years or so will affect things? As crime falls, all else being equal, women should feel safer, and you'd expect the thug premium will fall as a result.