Josh loved Mia’s wit; Mia delighted in Josh’s warmth and ready smile.Their relationship blossomed, but doubts crept up on both of them now and again.
However, research carried out in nine nations proves the opposite.
The more gender-unequal men’s personal attitudes, the more they prefer qualities in women such as youth and attractiveness; and the more gender-unequal women’s attitudes, the more they prefer qualities in men such as money and status.
Still, he wasn’t her usual ‘type’ – the type that was much younger than her, plus athletic and handsome to boot.
Josh, meanwhile, had been dreaming of a cashed-up woman with high ambitions, status and education, ideally with a Ph D (or two). It was the norm, after all, for men to be the ones to ‘marry up’.
Women, meanwhile, are more likely to prioritize money and status over youth and beauty. Many evolutionary psychologists put this trend down to the power of innate biological drives.