The 'science' of sociobiology exists only to explain why men are within their
rights to pursue young hotties
Tuesday March 4, 2003
Every other weekend, some new scientific research emerges, generated in
America, usually in Oregon (for some reason), that I find profoundly
disheartening. Nope, not breakthroughs in biological warfare (silly), but fresh
answers to that hoary old staple: "Why do women like old/ rich/ugly/tall men?"
Last week, we received from zoologist Stephen Proulx the answer to why young
women marry old billionaires. First, the fact that they are old suggests
longevity in their gene pool. Second, wealth indicates alpha male qualities.
Third, the fact that they are rich and old suggests alpha male qualities so
strong that they are sustainable throughout the already established long life.
The danger is, with a rich young man, that he might be an alpha flash in the
pan; the stamina and commensurate value of his alpha-ness has not been
established. Only powerful genes can sustain displays of supremacy throughout
the twilight years. It doesn't work in reverse, with young men fancying rich
older women, because of the decline in female fertility, culminating in
menopause well before the long-lived gene can be established.