The Mate Calibration

From the comments at Science blog: Do Attractive Women Want It All?

Men, if you thought dating was complicated before, I think the good people at the University of Texas have just raised the bar.

Researchers have identified four categories of characteristics women seek in a partner:

  1. good genes, reflected in desirable physical traits,
  2. resources,
  3. the desire to have children and good parenting skills, and
  4. loyalty and devotion.

And they found that “women gauge what they can get based on what they got”; that attractive women usually are going for the whole package of looks, bucks, skills and faithfulness.

The team developed a new term for women wanting it all. They call it the “mate value calibration adaptation”. Woot!