Dating and male dominance

There's been a lot of talk lately about how dating apps like Tinder are ruining romance.

Men feel helpless; they feel that they are forced to leap through hoops in order to win women’s approval and hope that she will pick him against all odds. In fact, not only is the idea that women somehow control all the power in sex and dating not true, but it’s a case of people asking the wrong question.About 34% more women than men graduated from American colleges in 2012, and the US Department of Education predicts this number will reach 47% by 2023.Among college-educated adults in the US aged 22 to 29, there are about 5.5 million women and 4.1 million men, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.Evolutionary psychologists claim that women prefer dominant partners because such men have superior genes.Evidence has shown that women prefer more dominant men when they themselves are at the most fertile point of their menstrual cycle, whereas most men do not similarly seek out dominant women.Are you attracted to a romantic partner who is commanding, powerful, assertive, and take-charge? Your answer is likely to depend on your gender and your personality.Women may prefer dominant “bad boys” (and some men prefer “bad girls”).(For more on this, click here.) New research by Gilda Giebel and colleagues goes beyond these evolutionary explanations, which focus solely on gender differences, and examines how our individual personality traits affect the preference for dominant partners.The researchers speculated that if a passive but nice partner is seen as “boring," then people who are especially averse to boredom in their lives will be the most likely to seek out dominant partners.Aside from a man’s resources, his genetic gifts are decisive in the selection process.After all, in our ancestors' unpredictable environment, a hardy constitution went a long way in fulfilling evolution's ultimate aims: survival and reproduction.

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