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Women Prefer Taken Guys:

The most striking result was in the responses of single women. Offered a single man, 59 per cent were interested in pursuing a relationship. But when he was attached, 90 per cent said they were up for the chase.

This is just a subset of the wisdom of Seinfeld.

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  1. A perfect lesion for men, never admit you are not desiralbe.

  2. Why do they spend money on this kind of research? Everyone knows that women want what other women have or what they can’t have. I figured this out 20 years ago when I lived in SoCal. When I went out to, say, a restaurant or a club with a woman, the other women were always checking me out. If I want out alone, they did not check me out as much. 
     
    Anyone who lives in the real world ought to know this. They don’t need to pay academic people to figure what we already know.

  3. kurt9, true. but at least you can also put odds ratios on it now….

  4. Everyone knows that women want what other women have or what they can’t have.  
     
    It’s not only women, it’s everyone and about anything, this is René Girard’s theory, a christian author but his mimetic desire theory is religion free, though of course he uses it to props up christianity.

  5. Anyone who lives in the real world ought to know this. They don’t need to pay academic people to figure what we already know. 
     
    As James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” column would say, “What would we do without academic studies?” 
     
    “The single women really, really liked the guy when he was taken,” says Melissa Burkley of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, who conducted the “mate-poaching” study with her colleague Jessica Parker. 
     
    Ah! There’s your answer! Of course! One of the researchers is also the star of Sex and The City!

  6. Kevembuangga, 
     
    Who was the guy who said he would never join any organization that would invite him? I think it was some comedian or entertainer.

  7. Who was the guy who said he would never join any organization that would invite him? I think it was some comedian or entertainer. 
     
    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Groucho_Marx 
     
    “Please accept my resignation. I don?t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member”.  
     
    As quoted in The Groucho Letters (1967) by Arthur Sheekman. The sentiment predates Groucho, however; it likely originated with John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga, chapter II: Old Jolyon is said to despise the club that took him as a member after another refused him because he was in trade.

  8. Why do they spend money on this kind of research? Everyone knows that women want what other women have or what they can’t have 
     
    The colloquial definition of “know” is different from the scientific definition of “know”. 
     
    You don’t build an argument in a scientific paper by going “everybody knows that wimmin dig big biceps”. You need context, controls, numbers, effect sizes — accurately quantified and qualified information you can build off of. 
     
    And everything you think you know, there is someone else with more power than you who believes the exact opposite, and is eager to base some insane social policy on it. So you better have better data than him. 
     
    “Everybody knows” ain’t gonna cut it. 
     
    (Read through more disucssion boards that don’t agree with you. Whenever there is a one-off study supporting some position — say that IQ tests are biased — there’s always the ‘Duh, We Already Knew That’ comment.)

  9. Things are not that straightforward. Married women are more attracted to single “manly” guys, at least during the fertile period of their menstrual cycle when their hormonal levels are high. 
     
    So it seems that women, when they are at their horniest, want to have sex with different kind of guys (assholes) than with whom they want to be married or in a relationship when their hormonal high is over (nice guys). 
     
    Maybe in the minds of these looking-for-a-relationship women, being in a stable relationship indicates that a man is nice. Being perfect candidate who had been tailored to match their interests exactly, and yet single, indicates that a man is an asshole. Asshole, who becomes attractive only after they are in a safe and steady relationship with some nice guy. 
     
    Complicated. 
     
     
     
    http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080226/full/news.2008.625.html

  10. Comparison groups sorted stringently by SES and IQ should be used to see if this result still holds robustly. Maybe we can also add observed and self-reported personality measures as well.  
     
    The result seem to reflect a primitive,’hard-wired’ tendency.

  11. But Seinfeld also taught us the manifold dangers of wearing a wedding ring to attract women.

  12. Jason: “You don’t build an argument in a scientific paper by going “everybody knows that wimmin dig big biceps”. You need context, controls, numbers, effect sizes — accurately quantified and qualified information you can build off of.” 
     
    The trouble with taking that approach is that the results are questionable precisely because they are based on an artificially constructed simplex reality, which often has only a tenuous connection to the complex reality we actually live in.

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