Friday, February 18, 2011

Sex studies: What Women Want (video)

Seven, UCLA & Chien Chi Liu, UC Berkeley (Wisdom Quarterly)

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"Women have many faults -- many, many faults -- whereas we men have only two: everything we say and everything we do."

What men want may be no clearer to women than what women want. But that's not likely to change anytime soon. At least not until more straight women take an interest in graduate school and research. (Until then, here's a hint: Read our lips; we men are remarkably literal, so reading between the lines often makes it easier to miss the lines themselves).

Any subordinated social class -- whether discriminated against based on gender or skin color, age or wealth, beauty or personality, education or manners -- will be very aware of implicit information that a dominant group is safe being blind to. It's not "women's intuition" so much as it is a learned ability: Gays, who are not women, have stronger "intuition" because they are more intensely discriminated against.

"What women want" generates a great deal of scientific interest. Why? There is a surplus of nerdy men in graduate programs who haven't got a clue. Of course, women now surpass men throughout academia, but it may still be a few years before the social research reaches parity.
Women more attracted to men whose feelings are unclear
Deborah Huso (, Feb. 8, 2011)
"Play hard to get" and "less is more" may actually be the best pieces of advice when it comes to relationships between men and women. New findings, published in Psychological Science, reveal that women are more attracted to men when they have no idea what their feelings are.

VIDEO: "March of Shame"

Dr. Erin R. Whitchurch and Timothy D. Wilson of the University of Virgina and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University examined the reaction of 47 female UVA undergraduates. The subjects believed they were involved in an experiment to assess whether Facebook could work as an online dating site.

Researchers told the women that male students from two other universities viewed their profiles and rated them along with 15 to 20 other female profiles. The researchers also presented them with four male Facebook profiles -- profiles the women believed to be real but were actually fictitious.

The first group of women was told the four men gave them a high rating. The second group was told the four men rated them "average." A third group was shown profiles of four men but were not told which ones rated them high or average.

Not surprisingly, women were more attracted to the men who gave them high ratings compared to the men who rated them average. But it was the men whose ratings they didn't know that the women found most attractive. More>>

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