Men Get Goofy When There’s a Beautiful Woman Around

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A new study reinforces what most of us know from birth: Men get more caring and considerate when faced with a “beautiful woman.” They apparently belch and pass gas less often, don’t scratch and bellyache about life, bathe and shave, give generously and often.

Reasons are not hard to adduce: Even primordial instinct responds to robust mate material, and in the short-term, even married males are wont to hypothesize the ROI –return on investment– if the recipient female becomes intrigued [bribed] enough to return the favor either horizontally or over time.

The same study also states that women faced with handsome or very handsome men ‘manifest no changes’ whatsoever.

But women are always on show, to a huge extent, whether they are with handsome men or not, whether alone or not. Given their druthers, most females won’t hang around unshaven in their skivvies, beer in hand, burping and lighting matches to their gas exhausts. Women are always making an impression, since we are always at risk of being dismissed as dizzy, or broads or ho’s, or simpletons who can’t manage their finances or a misbehaving vehicle. Rap “singers’” greatest hits never think of or address women in any way other than as pieces of flesh to be gotten, subdued, used and usually abandoned. That’s “cool.”

So women all, as a rule, behave themselves better than men. Acting well, men can comport themselves decently enough, according to the data, except when confronted with hard-wired stimuli men are not educated to manage–beauty or erotic attractiveness. this factoid often renders men bitter at the supposed “advantages” women have over men. But this power impact occurs because it is engendered by the men themselves. Inoculated to beauty, men would behave as badly, or as well, as their parents’ training and education trained them to do and be.

Not discussed is the erosion of this giddy/giddyup behavior over time. Men affianced to such women, arm-candy deluxe, shall we say, will perhaps continue chivalrous and expected knightly efforts–but once they think they have conquered, their assiduity dims, and the goofy behavior of being around desirable objects of the oppo sex returns to its upright and usual position, a bit shaken, but fundamentally unstirred. that is why oxytocin unhinges women, and sex becomes a flaming cause, attaching her to the male who gave her the good feelings and unleashed the erotic fealty; whereas men can home in, score, and recede without a care. Women have no genetic benefit conferred from responding unduly to male attractiveness, since the species DNA determines she will be the chased, he the chaser. Parsimony in action.

The field is not an even one. The numerous fails must be addressed if such a study is to be credible.

And how much charming behavior does the confrontation evoke? Can it be quantified as one bourbon’s worth? Or does it go into the triple digits? Do such modified behavioral stances alter one’s professional work, or do they fall prey to silliness-reax, the meat and grist of such programs as Two and a Half Men?

This female would dispute the findings about women not responding much to male pulchritude: Mitt Romney’s rise is often ascribed to how handsome he is, and Bubba’s success was often ascribed to how much charm, charisma and “presidue” he demonstrated. (This author voted for him as a consequence of his seeming to be a man who fully enjoyed the company of women. Even from afar, he telegraphed that he would be fun to flirt with, or “flirt” with.) Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu exerted a mesmerizing effect on women, enough so that he has been elected more than once.

A measure of extra energy, one thinks, is noted in a female’s speech when she speaks with a man she gauges attractive, or very attractive. She doesn’t lose her lunch, of course, but there is the extra back-straightening to make the female chest more prominent. There is the catchier repartee, the quicker bon mot and comic divagation, demonstrating high intellect, in case the male is available, and the female is shopping. Women walk with more attention to their body in the presence of such men. The stiletto heel trend of the present is not unalloyed with capturing male attention, and it certainly does that, as the “leg chair” (females bracketing men in the middle, so women’s high-heeled legs are what a viewer sees first on pull-away shots) of such programs as The Five and Red Eye demonstrate, and men’s commentary, oral and written, reinforces.

Nothing like spending research dollars on the obvious, aye? Especially when it can mean easy interviewing of attractive bevies as baseline backup for obvious male response.


Marion D.S. Dreyfus is a communications pro, writing in a range of styles on subjects such as the films of Woody Allen and John Carpenter, pharmaceutical entities, shari’a infiltration, safaris with camera to knowing what to do with lightning when you’re lost in the wild, prison reform and homeland security, to taking on meretricious international media.

Currently director of public information for a Washington-based think tank (content development: Security) as well as director of media relations for a national grassroots organization watchdog on charter schools (content development: misappropriation of funds/education/language specialties), she has been a writer/editor in a top ten global advertising agency. A professor at two NYC-based colleges (linguistics, business communications). Dreyfus is a longtime documentary film judge at two annual festivals, national film reviewer for the National Writers Union and other outlets, and a regular contributor to a hedge-fund blog, DAILY SPECULATIONS. In addition, she is a public relations consultant and presenter for the semi-annual Publicity Summit held in NYC, and columnist for Real Travel Adventures magazine and general interest, prize-winning New York Monthly Herald. She edits a condominium newsletter in the Upper West Side.

During 2003 – 2005, Dreyfus taught in four universities in China; wrote for weeklies, dailies and a variety of topical blogs; hosted a radio show in Wuhan, Hubei province, PRC; and debated healthcare, medicine and new drug entities. A Middle Eastern activist and pundit; reviews film, theatre, TV, restaurants (a dozen reviews in each annual ZAGAT’s); calligraphs lettres, including notes from rock stars and plaques to Russian leaders; performs in the NYC-sited Opera Espresso company (OTELLO [2006], Cavalleria Rusticana [2007]), acts (“The Loves of Schopenhauer”—2007), publishes and performs original poetry; coaches speechmakers; and vets medical documentation for the reticent FDA. Journalistic endeavors in four continents, major travel includes 80+ countries; lived and worked in six.


Twitter – @Dreyfus_Marion


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