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Women’s perception of a possible mate

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Women's perceptionWe call ourselves the most developed species; we have evolved over the past few thousands of years. Yet, some of the ways we function bear semblance to the way the Neanderthal man operated. One example of this fact is the way we choose our partners or mates.

According to the theory of evolution women’s primary concerns when it comes to choosing a prospective mate are social status, wealth, commitment to family and the desire to have children. They considered these characteristics important for building a lasting, long-term relationship.

Studies conducted in the field reveal that women still consider these traits important. Sunita (name changed) who feel in love with someone just because of the person he was and has recently filed for a divorce vehemently disagrees this research finding as she says, “I think one does not look for the first two factors(social status and wealth) when making a choice of mate but as life together goes on I guess these factors gain considerable importance.”

Dr. Peter Todd of the Indiana University says, that when it comes to choosing a mate women are fussier than their male counterparts. Besides, they often trade their looks for security and commitment. The only commonality in this is that both man and woman look for a mate who is similar to them. Quite contrary to the common belief that opposites attract.

Another interesting finding is that women who consider themselves physically attractive are attracted to men who are professionally more successful. One just needs to take a glance at the various tabloids to get proof of this.

Jayanti, a music teacher by profession says, “I got attracted to my husband because of his kind and compassionate nature. In fact we met at a relief camp during the Tsunami in Tamilnadu.”

A recent research reveals that either seeing the prospective partner or viewing a photograph has a big role to play in the development of a deeper and more meaningful relationship. This is especially true of women. Interestingly, the so called “macho man” is not considered as a favourable choice for a long term relationship. Manisha says, “I find those bulging muscle walas frightening.” Mita sitting right beside her looks fondly at her fiancée Debashish and says between giggles, “that’s why he’s my choice. Macho men I feel are all braun and no brain.”

These are thoughts that echo the findings of a recent study, “Men with masculine faces, with features such as a square jaw, larger nose and smaller eyes, were classed as significantly more dominant, less faithful, worse parents and as having personalities that were less warm, compared to their counterparts, who had finer facial features with fuller lips, wide eyes and thinner, more curved eyebrows.”

Women often rely on the opinion of another person (of the same sex) to decide on whether a certain person is the right partner or not. Ritu seconds this statement and says, “after all someone with whom you want to start a long standing relationship should be a person who is liked and accepted by your immediate family and circle of friends to say the least.”

Some ladies said that they were attracted to men who had “weathered looks.” According to scholars this is because they are deemed to signs that this man can take care of and protect his family. He is brave, efficient and capable.

Despite that fact that research has come up with findings that suggest that women judge a prospective mate on the following criteria- ability to make decisions, wealth, social status, faithfulness, commitment and caring the decision largely depends on what a woman is looking for in a relationship at that time of her life.

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