Saturday, January 31, 2009

What do women want? Women don't know

Men generally respond (largely respond?) to what they say they desire. Women don't know what they are responding to. Women were turned on by monkeys having sex, then denied it. link

So, do you approach a woman and say: "I'm into the same thing you're into: monkeys having sex!" Apparently, she will be subconsciously turned on, then will throw her drink in your face and summon police. Then she'll Tweet about it, and call you by name, causing from a dozen to hundreds of women to be: 1) turned on by you, and 2) fully disgusted by your very existence. Which, in toto, is an improvement over how women view me now.

Relevant: Dr. Helen interviews Advice Goddess Amy Alkon

Related: Women want manlier men when women's hormones are higher; women want girlier men when women's hormones are lower. link

Also relevant:

Science News

Interested Or Deceptively Flirting? Observers Of First Dates Can Predict Outcome, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2009) — When it comes to assessing the romantic playing field -- who might be interested in whom -- men and women were shown to be equally good at gauging men's interest during an Indiana University study involving speed dating -- and equally bad at judging women's interest.

Researchers expected women to have a leg up in judging romantic interest, because theoretically they have more to lose from a bad relationship, but no such edge was found.

"The hardest-to-read women were being misperceived at a much higher rate than the hardest-to-read men. Those women were being flirtatious, but it turned out they weren't interested at all," said lead author Skyler Place, a doctoral student in IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences working with cognitive science Professor Peter Todd. "Nobody could really read what these deceptive females were doing, including other women."


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