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:
- good genes, reflected in desirable physical traits,
- the desire to have children and good parenting skills, and
- 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!