Do women prefer accomplishment over sheer alpha-maledom?

According to a study in the soft-science journal Personal Relationships (abstract), women–at least those of college age and enrolled in college–are more attracted to men who exhibit skills and can boast of accomplishments and solid reputations among their peers than they are to those who attain status through more subversive means. Notably, women who find certain behaviors sexy in the context of athletics competitions find the same behaviors less palatable in more general interpersonal scenarios.
I think the results of this study are severely limited owing to the population surveyed, because I have a feeling that college women have different ideas about what they want in the short and long term than do other women, be they women of the same age not enrolled in college or older women. This is just a hunch.
In any event, I guess the way I behave during a marathon race, while wonderfully attractive in context (spitting, grunting, farting, swearing at spectators and motorists, and sometimes much worse) isn’t something that is likely to endear me to members of the opposite sex when I’m browsing the shelves in Borders. Great, so they tell me this now, when I’m too old for college women.

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  1. #1 by jay on December 19, 2008 - 12:34 pm

    This should not be a surprise. As products of evolution, both genders have behaviors optimized to their respective reproductive success. Beyond basic genetics, the most important thing a male can bring to the reproductive cycle is resources.

  2. #2 by catgirl on December 19, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    As a woman who has plenty of her own accomplishments, I prefer nice hair and good cooking ability in men :)

  3. #3 by Warren on December 19, 2008 - 4:42 pm

    spitting, grunting, farting, swearing at spectators and motorists, and sometimes much worse
    Pardon me. Off to fap now.

  4. #4 by Kevin Beck on December 19, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    “As a woman who has plenty of her own accomplishments, I prefer nice hair and good cooking ability in men :)”

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