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According to some surveys, 51% of women fantasize about being raped.
If you're anything like me, that's shocking. Utterly shocking. Some women, on some level, seem to want to be hurt? That's seems crazy! WHY?!
That's not the only shocking thing about women. Think of your single female friends. How often do you hear a woman say, "How do I always wind up with @$$holes?" You know how it goes. Nice guys always finish last. Women seem to like bad boys, jerks, cocky womanizers, sleeze balls. Why is that true of so many of our female friends?
Why do women date a#%holes?!
Quick evolution review: Living organisms want to do two things: survive and reproduce. When picking a mate you want two things from their genes: that they'll help your offspring survive and reproduce.
Survival is easy to understand - pick a mate that shows signs of being healthy - ornate plumage, coloration, antlers, capable of physically demanding displays or competition, etc.
Picking a mate that will help your offspring reproduce is quite a bit more complicated. It's a surprisingly farsighted way of thinking for some lowly animals. You aren't just thinking about the next generation. You're actually thinking ahead to your children's children (completely unbeknownst to them, of course). At that point it isn't just picking out what you like. You have to think about what other females want, sometimes for seemingly arbitrary reasons. This is called the Sexy Son Hypothesis. You want to pick a father that isn't just healthy and has good genes, but you want to pick a male mate that will produce sons that other females will think is attractive so that they'll reproduce and your genes will continue on.
Back to the humor question. Why are women attracted to cocky quick-wits?
What attributes does humor demonstrate and what's their relevance?
- High IQ - the brain can serve as a 'peacock's tail' and demonstrate genetic superiority. Half the human genome encodes for brain phenotypes. If half the genes are good, the rest probably are, too. Translation: if you can say a good pick up line and make a girl laugh you might have good enough genes to reproduce with.
- Socially savvy - you have to understand people if you're going to be able to work your way up the social hierarchy ladder and have a large harem or high quality monogamous relationships. Humor flexes your social understanding muscles.
- Confidence/dominance - same basic idea. Status is important. It's how you get high quality mates or high quantity mates. Being funny typically means you're confident, which means you can succeed social (or have), which means your sons may, too.
So, there's part of evolution's answer to a question I've had for a very long time. Women want what other women want, who want what other women want, who want what other women want, who...ad infinitum. In other words, women date a*%holes so their sons will also be a#%holes.