Talk about a fiery headline, right!?
Read this post from Slate: Do Men find Dumb-Looking Women More Attractive?
If you’re too lazy, here’s the gist of it:
Physical cues of vulnerability—the pictures of, say, short women and hefty ones—had no effect.
These women were not necessarily seen as easy lays, nor were they judged as especially appealing partners for either a casual fling or a lifelong marriage.
On the other hand, the more psychological and contextual cues—pictures of dimwitted- or immature-seeming women, for example, or of women who looked sleepy or intoxicated, did seem to have an effect: Not surprisingly, men rated them as being easy to bed.
But more importantly, they were also perceived as being more physically attractive than female peers who seemed more lucid or quick-witted.
It is obvious that the the author is totally out of line by writing “on the other hand” without having written to “on the one hand” in a preceding sentence.
That’s just bad English and we should not stand for it!!!!
Seriously, what is this world coming to!?
No really, this kind of research and study sort of makes my head spin.
It gives men a bad rap and it makes women think they have to look dumb and sleepy to get a date.
I mean, let’s just read this sentence again:
… pictures of dimwitted- or immature-seeming women … were also perceived as being more physically attractive than female peers who seemed more lucid or quick-witted.
So if we look smart, or quick-witted, we’re not hot?
Luckily, the article goes on to clarify:
the caveat here is that there are multiple subtypes of reproductive strategies in men. Not all men are pricks, in other words.
It made me wonder how the human race managed to reproduce and stay alive if all men looked for was ‘dumb & sleepy’-looking women.
Maybe this is part of the reason why alcohol is such a big deal.
It makes people feel (and look!) sleepy in addition to impairing their good judgment (making them dumb) on whether or not they should go home with predatory douchebags.
Although it does make you think. There’s always a little grain of twisted truth in these studies, even though I think it’s truly not the whole answer.