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Men Have Evolved To Choose Young Wives
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-29-2007

Posted on 08/28/2007 7:26:47 PM PDT by blam

Men have evolved to choose young wives

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/08/2007

There is a 25 year age gap between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Men have evolved to seek wives and girlfriends who are younger than they are to maximise their chances of reproducing, researchers have found.

Couples are most likely to have a greater number of children if the man is about six years older.

A team from Vienna University studied more than 11,600 Swedish men and women, aged 45-55, and their partners and found that relationships in which the man was six years older than the woman produced the most children - an average of 2.2.

Women placed more emphasis on resources and status - leading them typically to choose older men.

Martin Fieder, who led the team and whose research was published online by the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, said: "These findings may account for the phenomenon that men typically prefer and mate with women younger than themselves, whereas women usually desire and mate with men older than themselves.

"We conclude that the age preference for the partner increases individual fitness of both men and women and may thus be an evolutionarily acquired trait."

When the team examined those who had changed partners after the birth of their first child they found men ended up with women younger than their first choice, while women chose men who were younger than their first partner but still a little older than themselves.

Mr Fieder said: "These findings support the reported age preferences of ageing men for increasingly younger women as well as of women for a partner just a little older than themselves.

"We attribute the shift to a younger partner to a potential compensation for the fertility loss caused by the individuals' increasing age."


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1 posted on 08/28/2007 7:26:48 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

you get better equipment

with younger wives.


2 posted on 08/28/2007 7:27:54 PM PDT by ken21
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To: blam
Men Choose Romance Over Success
3 posted on 08/28/2007 7:28:01 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Ya think?


4 posted on 08/28/2007 7:28:09 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: blam

My first wife was 7 years younger than me. My second wife was 14 years younger than me.

Currently looking for my next ex!


5 posted on 08/28/2007 7:28:36 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: ken21

20 goes into 40 more than 40 goes into 20.


6 posted on 08/28/2007 7:29:18 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: blam

As I’ve gotten older (currently 55), I have discovered that the practice is much more rewarding than the actual procreation.


7 posted on 08/28/2007 7:31:21 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: blam
There is was a 25 year age gap between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Hehehehe... the gap is now the size of a divorce.

8 posted on 08/28/2007 7:32:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: blam

Must be a slow newsweek. Everyone knows that men choose mates based on their ability to reproduce,and women choose mates based on their ability to provide.


9 posted on 08/28/2007 7:33:11 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: blam

Viva Viagra!!!


10 posted on 08/28/2007 7:33:41 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: blam

So its biology, not choice, eh guys?? ;-)


11 posted on 08/28/2007 7:33:49 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: ken21
you get better equipment, with younger wives.

My wife gave me a fly rod a few years ago. I am sure it cost a lot and I know she did a lot of research and spoke to some friends before she picked it out. Boy, I must say it is a great rod. Light flexible very shiny and still has that brand new look and feel.

I also have this other rod, old, a bit tattered. It is not quite as pretty as it was when my grandfather gave it to me on my 16th birthday. But you know what? It feels comfortable, real good in the hands, nice balance.

And I sure caught a lot of fish with it. Still do.

12 posted on 08/28/2007 7:35:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: blam

I’m sure Viagra had a hand in it. :)


13 posted on 08/28/2007 7:36:10 PM PDT by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: blam
Men have evolved to choose young wives


14 posted on 08/28/2007 7:37:57 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: blam
There is a 25 year age gap between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Of course the fact that Michael Douglas is almost a billionaire has nothing to do with Catherine's love for him. Heard they also have quite a pre-nuptial agreement too..... Funny how I never see any young beauties squiring around with older poor men.

15 posted on 08/28/2007 7:38:53 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: blam
Men Have Evolved To Choose Young Wives

Women Have Evolved to Make Their Own Choices

Sorry Telegraph staff, but women have evolved to make their own choices. Perhaps you better tell them what fools they are. I'm sure you'll be appreciated for letting them know you should be making their decisions for them.

16 posted on 08/28/2007 7:42:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: NonValueAdded

There was a 31 year difference between Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra.


17 posted on 08/28/2007 7:44:55 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: Perdogg

/sarcasm
Ah, but to liberals, the idea that men and women behave differently (except that women are more intuitive and thus superior) IS news


18 posted on 08/28/2007 7:47:37 PM PDT by tbw2 (Science fiction with real science - "Humanity's Edge" by Tamara Wilhite)
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To: blam

18 posts and several referances to CZJ, but no pictures!!!!! What is FR coming to?


19 posted on 08/28/2007 7:50:56 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: blam

Except in your original post.


20 posted on 08/28/2007 7:51:52 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Perdogg

Since you bring it up, what was the difference between Mia and Woody? Or Mia’s [adopted] daughter and Woody?


21 posted on 08/28/2007 7:54:55 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ken21

Yea and women have evolved to marry old rich men. So what???


22 posted on 08/28/2007 7:55:05 PM PDT by therut
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To: neodad

I think even though she’s pretty, she’s becoming pretty for her age.


23 posted on 08/28/2007 7:55:30 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: blam

Yuk...such a pretty women to be married to him...


24 posted on 08/28/2007 7:56:18 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: donmeaker

Advertising for a prom date this time???? LMAO


25 posted on 08/28/2007 7:57:20 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: blam

I read somewhere (and think it is probably a valid Law of Nature) that the ideal age of a man’s girlfriend is half his age plus seven years.

Try it. Works for all ages. :>)


26 posted on 08/28/2007 7:57:46 PM PDT by BigBobber
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THIS IS WHY I BELIEVE IN GOD:
27 posted on 08/28/2007 7:58:28 PM PDT by stillwaiting
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To: blam
Men Have Evolved to Choose Young Wives

Whatever gave anyone that idea??


28 posted on 08/28/2007 7:58:32 PM PDT by CurlyBill (Democrats: Trying hard to manufacture a loss in Iraq ... all for politics)
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To: Calvin Locke

She never married Woody Allen, although when she was 25 she married Andre Previn who was 41 at the time.

Woody is 35 years older than Soon-YI Previn.


29 posted on 08/28/2007 8:00:13 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: donmeaker
"Currently looking for my next ex!

Marriage is great.

Keep doing it until you get it right.

Well, in your case I might consider that an exception is in order.

30 posted on 08/28/2007 8:00:29 PM PDT by Radix (Mr. Natural says..."Be like two fried eggs. Keep your sunny side up.")
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Men have evolved to seek wives and girlfriends who are younger than they are to maximise their chances of reproducing, researchers have found.

Researchers, however brilliant, occasionally miss a few obvious points.

31 posted on 08/28/2007 8:00:54 PM PDT by dighton
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To: blam

I don’t think that older men wanting younger woman (and older women going after younger men) has anything to do with evolution, just lust.


32 posted on 08/28/2007 8:00:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: keepitreal
Ouch!

Lets just call it natural eugenics shall we?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

33 posted on 08/28/2007 8:03:27 PM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: blam
"Martin Fieder, who led the team..."

You go boy!!!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 08/28/2007 8:06:41 PM PDT by avacado
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This is another of those "well duh!" research grants.

Welfare for the educated is what I call it (and i work in the medical research industry)

35 posted on 08/28/2007 8:07:07 PM PDT by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: blam

What ever works!


36 posted on 08/28/2007 8:38:26 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I sense you’re a nice man. :)


37 posted on 08/28/2007 8:46:21 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: neodad
HERE!


38 posted on 08/28/2007 8:50:02 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: blam

It depends on the situation. If a married man leaves his wife for a younger woman after a long marriage he is always a worthless piece of crap who deserves to lose every penny he has and the other woman is always a two bit whore.

Never any exceptions.

And if you have money the younger woman is always in it for the money never for love.

No man has ever left his wife for a younger woman.


39 posted on 08/28/2007 8:50:25 PM PDT by cubswinby100 (Chicago home of the 2007 World Series and 2008 Super Bowl Champions)
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To: donmeaker

And you’ll probably find some two bit bimbo if you have money to marry you and then leave her for some tramp with an IQ below her dress size.


40 posted on 08/28/2007 8:52:31 PM PDT by cubswinby100 (Chicago home of the 2007 World Series and 2008 Super Bowl Champions)
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To: thefactor

Bless you sir.


41 posted on 08/28/2007 8:52:57 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: neodad

All better now?

42 posted on 08/28/2007 8:53:56 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Fight the illegal Mexican colonizers & imperialist conquistadors! Long live the resistance!)
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To: blam

Yes, that’s because no one likes an Old Wives Tail.


43 posted on 08/28/2007 8:56:14 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: blam; Millee; carlr; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; StephenTX; wallcrawlr; Auntbee; Shimmer128; ...
Too damned plastered at 11 PM CST... to post clever reply!
44 posted on 08/28/2007 8:56:58 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Michael.SF.

There is something sexual here but I can’t seem to put my finger on it.


45 posted on 08/28/2007 8:59:09 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Perdogg

So to make up for that, Woody did Mia’s daughter.


46 posted on 08/28/2007 9:01:09 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Free Vulcan

beat you by three posts. and mine’s bigger!


47 posted on 08/28/2007 9:02:03 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: blam
Men prefer younger women because they haven't found us out yet. They always do, though. And if by then they can manage to put up with us anyway then you have a solid marriage.

Yeah, I'm single. ;-)

48 posted on 08/28/2007 9:03:56 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Michael.SF.

You could have really gone places with that 2nd line....

I also have this other rod, old, a bit tattered. It is not quite as pretty as it was on my 16th birthday....

It’s not as good as it once was, but it’s as good once as it ever was....


49 posted on 08/28/2007 9:04:50 PM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: blam
"We attribute the shift to a younger partner to a potential compensation for the fertility loss caused by the individuals' increasing age."

Logical and probably accurate. Opening myself up for a flame, I would also point out that a man is more likely to get more sex for a few more years from a younger woman. Shallow of me to bring that up.

I'm not convinced that men are looking so much for women with better equipment as they are for ones that are simply still willing to use it.

50 posted on 08/28/2007 9:07:12 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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