My best friend at 34 looks like Cameron Diaz a la Something About Mary and Any Given Sunday and she just married a 36 year old dental surgeon. So take that University of Texas! A new study by the school revealed that men prefer less intelligent women in clothing that would be described as indicative of an IQ score under 140. Remember Pamela Anderson in her prime before all the Tommy Lee drama? Seems like good old C.J. is the type of girl that gets hit on most near closing time at the bar. Do Gentlemen prefer dumb blondes? Depends on the objective they have in mind. Short term thinking isn’t too concerned with finding a $250,000 engagement ring recipient of their dreams.
Maybe it’s a good thing to have jet black hair. I got to avoid bar scene because at 18 I met a 33-year-old Gerard Butler look-a-like who swept me off my feet while he underwent a midlife crisis. He was a senior consultant for McKinsey and Company and brilliant. Geoff spoke French and German fluently and finished high school at 16. He clearly was seeking someone with an ability to read The Economist because his first wife was a medical illustrator and pianist. Since I missed out on males my own age engaging in the dating rituals of college and early adulthood this study grabbed my interest. All I have ever known was a man who sought out intelligent women but since an annulment and divorce decree became final at 25 it is clear my ex-husband was an outlier. The University of Texas study was brutally correct about typical men.
In their findings, the researchers discovered that men prefer women who appear to be intoxicated, fatigued, dressed in attire that was too small for their frame, and had a much more limited vocabulary even when sober. Other attraction magnets were the lip biting and over the shoulder gaze that hinted at a come hither non-verbal signal. Basically, these women were easy prey for predatory men who wanted to get their phone numbers. Why? Seems like men like the path of least resistance and such females required minimal effort. Being dim witted translates into being easily impressed. After all, such chicks won’t be able to tell when a guy is lying or exaggerating his accomplishments. In other words, men approach women they know they can manipulate. Maybe that explains my ex-husband. He always liked a challenge and a chance to perfect his skills. When you are smart you need an equal of sorts who can compel your intellect to play a better game but I digress.
So, in preparation for this article I polled a few men I knew and asked them to comment. The results of my nonscientific survey were rather amusing. Generationally speaking, the 20-something men were so defensive and asserted that this was a skewed study. Men 30 and over agreed with it and said that when the male species gets older they finally embrace the truth about themselves and don’t hide it anymore. Anyone I asked who was over 40 blatantly admitted that they were “that guy” in the bar seeking an easy target without apology and had followed this tactic since their teen years. One person suggested that the 20 to 29 year old men were still trying to come across as gentlemen in hopes it would impress women. He continued on to say that life experience eventually has men realize by their 30th birthday that playing diplomat means that you may not get her phone number or anything else unless you drop the nice guy act. This comment reinforced my belief that all single men should just emulate actor Michael Fassbender if they want to be more happy with their dating life.
Does this study mean we must lose our intelligence and fashion sense? No. People seek an equal so if you want quality you must stay quality and out of the bar scene. The study emphasized the preferred female type for a short term “relationship” which has been obvious forever. No one is interested in a transcript if it’s just a phone number they want. No guy in a bar at closing time is looking for someone to spend a $250K engagement ring on. No, they are looking for a more “affordable” kind of female. No judgment, just saying that this study should not be used as a template for a makeover. However, after reading about these findings it made me glad that I met my now ex-husband through his very intelligent German Shepherd Dog. Varick, his dog, ran up to my girlfriend’s two dogs in a park one Sunday afternoon wanting to play. She thought Varick was a black wolf-dog hybrid but I instantly knew he was probably a working line import from Germany. My ex and I got together because I asked him about his dog’s lineage and it turned into a talk about genetics. Geoff told me that the old German border patrol dogs were bred to be thinking dogs. I guess great minds think alike.