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If a conventional evolutionary psychology claim is true, masculinity is “in crisis”?

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Image result for train warning sign public domain vector graphic We just tried to pull a Darwinian out of the way of the southbound freight called Progress when here it is rumbling back into town again:

This week’s peer-reviewed portrayal of fragile masculinity comes to you from the journal Science Advances, which recently published a depressing new study about online dating. Researchers looked at nearly 200,000 heterosexual users and found that while men’s sexual desirability peaks at age 50, women hit their prime at 18. And then it’s all downhill from there apparently. Can I just remind you that 18-year-olds are teenagers, and so this study is basically saying that straight men don’t find women attractive; they like girls.

While these studies may focus on sexual relations, they’re yet another reminder that we’re facing a crisis of masculinity that is reverberating across every aspect of our society. The far right is dominated by men, many of whom seem to be searching for a sense of identity. For feminism to get anywhere we must seriously address how we think about masculinity.Arwa Mahdawi, “Men’s fixation on young women is another sign of masculinity in crisis” at The Guardian

But that’s perfectly good evolutionary psychology! Here and here also.

So just think, guy readers: Following what evolutionary psychology expects you to do is a sign of “masculinity in crisis.” Whatever, just stay outta the way of that train.

File under: Darwinhoots.

See also: Darwinian risks all, takes aim at gender theory: Kutschera doesn’t seem to get it. Darwinists are safe from progressives as long as all they do is blather nonsense like why men pay on the first date. But now, you really want to get in the way of their racket? Look, they are taking dead aim at math, never mind Kutschera’s kind of stuff.

2 Replies to “If a conventional evolutionary psychology claim is true, masculinity is “in crisis”?

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    daveS says:

    This week’s peer-reviewed portrayal of fragile masculinity comes to you from the journal Science Advances, which recently published a depressing new study about online dating. Researchers looked at nearly 200,000 heterosexual users and found that while men’s sexual desirability peaks at age 50, women hit their prime at 18. And then it’s all downhill from there apparently. Can I just remind you that 18-year-olds are teenagers, and so this study is basically saying that straight men don’t find women attractive; they like girls.

    One potential criticism: Based on the above, they sampled male users of online dating websites, but the last sentence appears to draw a conclusion about straight men in general. Aside from this problem, the notion that the findings “basically” mean that straight men don’t find women attractive is ridiculous.

    Edit: These criticisms are only of the journalist’s interpretation, not of the actual scientific article.

    The abstract of the article, for reference:

    Aspirational pursuit of mates in online dating markets

    Elizabeth E. Bruch and M. E. J. Newman

    Romantic courtship is often described as taking place in a dating market where men and women compete for mates, but the detailed structure and dynamics of dating markets have historically been difficult to quantify for lack of suitable data. In recent years, however, the advent and vigorous growth of the online dating industry has provided a rich new source of information on mate pursuit. We present an empirical analysis of heterosexual dating markets in four large U.S. cities using data from a popular, free online dating service. We show that competition for mates creates a pronounced hierarchy of desirability that correlates strongly with user demographics and is remarkably consistent across cities. We find that both men and women pursue partners who are on average about 25% more desirable than themselves by our measures and that they use different messaging strategies with partners of different desirability. We also find that the probability of receiving a response to an advance drops markedly with increasing difference in desirability between the pursuer and the pursued. Strategic behaviors can improve one’s chances of attracting a more desirable mate, although the effects are modest.

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    vmahuna says:

    Um, are we talking Marriage or 1 Night Stand?

    A 50 year old man is desirable to women as a sugar daddy, not a life partner. And I assume a HUGE part of that desirability is Wealth: 50 year old men are richer than 25 year old men. Except for losers, and I can’t believe women actually prefer a 50 year old male panhandler over a 35 year old lawyer.

    I also have to wonder about men preferring an 18 year old over a 30 year old as a (first) wife. Can she run a household? Is she ready to become the Mommy for 2.3 children?

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