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Sat Sep 22, 2012, 04:07 PM

31. That's what's funny...

From a biological/evolutionary standpoint BOTH are perfectly practical (and therefore I guess legitimate) selection criteria. Men find what they find attractive because they are signs of genetic robustness and procreative success. By selecting for such a mate, they are increasing the odds that their children will enjoy the same genetic robustness and procreative success. Similarly, success as a hunter/gatherer (translating to modern time as a successful earner) is indicative of survival capability, intelligence, and ability to feed and protect the family unit.

So as it turns out, in different ways, both men and women are selecting for the same thing, the survival of and procreative viability of the next generation, thereby continuing the genetic line.

So both are wise to select the mates they do. So when I hear the idea that men are somehow shallow for choosing the attractive woman over the unattractive woman, I have to roll my eyes at it knowing its precisely the opposite, actually it's quite smart and savvy from an evolutionary standpoint. I know for a fact that if a man having poor financial prospects approached a woman for a date, she'd be performing the same sorts of downrating for her own genetic interest.

Of course, this reality fails to engage and support certain comfortable narratives.

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