It’s not just Won­der Wo­man­who­hasan eye on the bad guys

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

IT MAY sound like a cliché, but ap­par­ently it’s true — women pre­fer their men mean. How do we know? Is­raeli sci­en­tists say so. While men see nice­ness in women as an at­trac­tive qual­ity, women see that as creepy, or even weak, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished by the In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Cen­tre in Her­zliya.

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to be a su­per­hero to at­tract your won­der woman, but a dom­i­nant streak will help.

“Sex­ual de­sire thrives on ris­ing in­ti­macy and be­ing re­spon­sive is one of the best ways to in­still this elu­sive sen­sa­tion over time,” said Pro­fes­sor Gu­rit Birn­baum, the study’s lead re­searcher.

“Our find­ings show that this does not nec­es­sar­ily hold true in an ini­tial en­counter be­cause a re­spon­sive po­ten­tial part­ner may con­vey op­po­site mean­ings to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

He ex­plained that this was not the first such project to dis­cover that old gen­der stereo­types — in which men are ex­pected to dom­i­nate and women to be com­pas­sion­ate and at­ten­tive — pre­vail, at least as far as first im­pres­sions go.

The study paired 112 sin­gle, un­der­grad­u­ate vol­un­teers with op­po­site-sex part­ners. They were told to have a con­ver­sa­tion about a dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence from their re­cent past, first in a lab­o­rato- ry, and then in a con­trolled, on­line chat.

The stu­dents re­ported back on their part­ners’ level of at­ten­tion and sym­pa­thy — called “re­cep­tive­ness” by the re­searchers — as well as their cor­re­spond­ing lev­els of at­trac­tive­ness and fem­i­nin­ity or mas­culin­ity.

In the study, women found re­cep­tiv­ness to be nei­ther mas­cu­line nor par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive.

Carolyn Mau­rer, a 25-year-old Is­raeli NGO worker, par­tially vin­di­cated this re­sult with the ad­mis­sion that con­fi­dence in a man is a turn-on more of­ten than not. She added that this was a com­mon trait among men in Is­rael, where men “aren’t as afraid of re­jec­tion” as they are in her na­tive New York.

“We still do not know why women are less sex­u­ally at­tracted to re­spon­sive strangers. Women may per­ceive a re­spon­sive stranger as less de­sir­able for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” said Prof Birn­baum.

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