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So, women really do want the fellas who’ve been taken?

While reading an interesting brief article on the difference in how the sexual psychology of how male and female minds work in a back copy of a Science/Technology magazine – which I promise was just about the science, I came to realise something. The speculation – even though it was “we knew it all along” kind of speculation – of that very same brief article was right! Women really do fancy a fella who’s been plucked up by another of them. In case you’re wondering what the article and magazine were: New Scientist, 22 August 2009, issue 2722, pg 15.

I found this to be not so much surprising as more common, scientific sense- then anything else. Reading that article, those professors – both women, coincidentally – seem to have pretty much speculated the “right stuff”. Now, I could turn this into a metaphor, which I will in a moment. Let’s tell you a bit about the experiment that they did first. Now, what those two women did was to round up some university students, one half made up of females and the other of males. They then asked the males and females, one by one – who were all heterosexual, it seems – a few questions on their personality; and then, after finishing that, they presented them with a picture of their “dream woman/man”. Standard practise for a normal dating firm, right?

This might not acutally be the "real deal" for jealousy and attraction with the sexes. Image taken from http://www.modernmanliving.com/

This might not actually be the "real deal" for jealousy and attraction with the sexes. Image taken from http://www.modernmanliving.com/

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. For every man and woman who were used as part of this experiment, they were told that they had the “right stuff” – told you I use it – for the man/woman shown to them and that they’d be great as a couple. It gets even more interesting. That very same man/woman was actually just one man and one woman! The same for all of them. Here’s where it really, really gets interesting. For both groups, the males and females, one half was told that the man/woman shown was single and the other half was shown that they were already taken. Then the members of the two groups were, again, individually asked whether or not they found that man/woman shown attractive.

If you've got a woman already interested in you - or even in a relationship with you, there'll be others looking to take her place. Image taken from http://fruitfly.files.wordpress.com/

If you've got a woman already interested in you - or even in a relationship with you, there'll be others looking to take her place. Image taken from http://fruitfly.files.wordpress.com/

You’d think that it wouldn’t matter, wouldn’t you? Think again. After tallying up the results of the experiment; it was found that the with the male group, whether or not their “dream woman” was single or taken, they found the same woman roughly equally attractive no matter their status. However, when they looked at the women’s results, they found a sharp contrast between the statues. They found that “Fifty-nine per cent
of women offered a single man were interested in pursuing a relationship.” Contrast with “When the man was attached, 90 per cent said they were up for the chase.” Now how about that?

Take note: these kinds of women may not be at all out of reach if you've already been taken. Image taken from http://static.thefrisky.com/

Take note: these kinds of women may not be at all out of reach if you've already been taken. Image taken from http://static.thefrisky.com/

I suppose this isn’t really a surprise to anyone, as I think – with relative life experience – that we all knew this to some extent- especially the ladies, heh heh. I’ve noticed this myself when I’m out with a girl friend, that anytime I’m paying attention to her or just generally “walking ‘n’ talking”, that virtually every other young woman of a round-about similar age – of which there are a fair few – seem to give me the longer “eye up” rather than most other guys around me- and we’re just friends as well! As it says in the article: “single women may be more drawn to attached men because they’ve been “pre-screened” by other women and found to be satisfactory as a mate”. So, women really do want the fellas who’ve been taken, eh? Well, if experiences like mine are anything to judge by, I’d put my money right on that being true, for sure…

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