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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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To: Politicalmom

Thank you. Kind words are always appreciated!


51 posted on 08/28/2007 9:17:30 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: blam

> > Unfaithful Husband

The wife came home early and found her husband in their bedroom
>> > making love with a strange woman. The wife became immediately upset.
>> > “You are a disrespectful pig!” she cried. “How dare you do this to me
>>
>> > a faithful wife, the mother of your children! I’m leaving you.
>> >
>> > I want a divorce right away!”
>> >
>> > The husband replied “Hang on just a minute Love, so at least I can
>> >
>> > tell you what happened.”
>> >
>> > “Fine, go ahead,” she sobbed, “ but they’ll be the last words you’ll
>> > say to me!”
>> >
>> > So, the husband began — “Well, I was getting into the car to drive
>> > home from work and this lady here asked me for a ride to the shelter.
>> >
>> > She looked so down and out and defenseless that I took pity on her
>> > and so I let her into the car.
>> >
>> > I noticed that she was very thin, not well dressed and dirty.
>> >
>> > She told me that she hadn’t eaten for three days!
>> >
>> > So, in my compassion, I brought her home and warmed up the
>> > enchiladas I made for you for dinner last night - the ones you
>> > wouldn’t eat because you’re afraid you’ll put on weight.
>> >
>> > The poor thing devoured them in moments..
>> >
>> > Since she needed a good clean up, I suggested she jump in the shower,
>>
>> > and while she was doing that I realized her clothes were dirty and
>> > full of holes and weren’t worth laundering, so I threw them away.
>> >
>> > Since she is about the same size as you are and because she needed
>> > clothes, I gave her those designer jeans that I gave you a couple of
>> > years ago as a ‘just-because’, but you won’t use because you say
>> > they aren’t therightdesigner.. I found the pretty blouse my sister
>> > gave you for Christmas last year that you don’t use just to annoy her.
>> >
>> > I also gave her the underwear that I gave you as a gift on our
>> > anniversary, which you don’t use because ‘I don’t have good taste’,
>> > and I also gave her those boots you bought at the expensive boutique
>> > and won’t use because someone at work has the same pair.”
>> >
>> > The husband took a quick breath and continued - “She was so grateful
>>
>> > for my generous compassion and help, as I walked her to the door, she
>> >
>> > turned to me with tears of gratitude in her eyes and said, “Please,
>> > sir .... do you have anything else that your wife doesn’t use?”
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > So here we are!!!


52 posted on 08/28/2007 9:19:31 PM PDT by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: fish hawk
There is something sexual here but I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

And I don't think I would want you to!

53 posted on 08/28/2007 9:19:38 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: G Larry

Dang! That is good. Can I use it next time?


54 posted on 08/28/2007 9:20:27 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Perdogg

There was an even greater age difference between Woody Allen and his daughter.


55 posted on 08/28/2007 9:25:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: thefactor

For some reason that picture stuck out to me too...I don’t have the slightest idea why. ;-}


56 posted on 08/28/2007 9:27:14 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Fight the illegal Mexican colonizers & imperialist conquistadors! Long live the resistance!)
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To: Bender2
Are you sober again?!!

Get outta here! And don't post anything until you've got some alcohol in ya!

57 posted on 08/28/2007 9:44:35 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: blam

Leave it to Europeans to study this phenomenon. Go ask any group of males in a bar, buy a round, and you’d get this conclusion for a much lower expenditure.


58 posted on 08/28/2007 10:18:02 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: tired1
This one made me laugh...

WHEN I WAS MARRIED 25 YEARS, I TOOK A LOOK AT MY WIFE ONE DAY AND SAID,"HONEY, 25 YEARS AGO WE HAD A CHEAP APARTMENT, A CHEAP CAR, SLEPT ON A SOFA BED AND WATCHED A 10-INCH BLACK AND WHITE TV.

BUT I GOT TO SLEEP EVERY NIGHT WITH A HOT 25-YEAR-OLD BLOND."

NOW WE HAVE A $500,000.00 HOME, A $45,000.00 CAR, A NICE BIG BED AND APLASMA SCREEN TV, BUT I'M SLEEPING WITH A 50-YEAR-OLD WOMAN.

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU ARE NOT HOLDING UP YOUR SIDE OF THINGS."

MY WIFE IS A VERY REASONABLE WOMAN. SHE TOLD ME TO GO OUT AND FIND A HOT 25-YEAR-OLD BLONDE.

SHE WOULD THEN MAKE SURE THAT I WOULD ONCE AGAIN BE LIVING IN A CHEAP APARTMENT, DRIVING A CHEAP CAR, SLEEPING ON A SOFA BED AND WATCHING A 10-INCH BLACK AND WHITE TV.

AREN'T OLDER WOMEN GREAT? THEY REALLY KNOW HOW TO SOLVE YOUR MID-LIFE CRISIS!

59 posted on 08/28/2007 11:31:20 PM PDT by wanderin
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To: wanderin

A woman is doing dishes and the the sink starts leaking. She asks her husband to please fix it. Her husband says, “Who do you think I am, a plumber?”

A few hours later a lightbulb in the hall goes out and she asks her husband to replace it because she cannot reach it. Her husband replies, “Who do you think I am an electrician?”

At the end of the evening they are on the front porch and the wife says, “by the way the front porch steps are broken.” The husband replies, “who do you think I am, a carpenter?”

The husband then proceeds to yell at his wife and leaves for the local bar. After a few hours of being at the bar the husband comes home to apologize.

Upon climbing the steps to the porch he notices that they are fixed. He enters the house, walks down the hall and discovers the lightbulb has been changed. He gets a drink of water from the sink and discovers it is no longer leaking. He finds his wife and asks her what happened.

The wife says, “Well, after you yelled at me I sat on the porch and cried. A man came up on the porch to see what was wrong and I told him the whole story. He offered to fix all the problems if I would bake him a cake or sleep with him”. The husband said, “What kind of cake did you bake him?”

The wife replied, “Who do you think I am, Betty Crocker?”


60 posted on 08/29/2007 12:19:59 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65

Thanks for the joke! A good one!


61 posted on 08/29/2007 12:24:05 AM PDT by wanderin
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To: TASMANIANRED

35 years.


62 posted on 08/29/2007 3:41:17 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: DoughtyOne
"... women have evolved to make their own choices ..."

Evolved, my foot. The very first woman made her own choice. Adam didn't tell her to eat the forbidden fruit, she chose to eat it on her own. Well, with a little persuasion from a snake, that is. But no one made her do it.

63 posted on 08/29/2007 4:07:40 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: Michael.SF.

All I did was alter your 2nd line and add an old punchline to it.


64 posted on 08/29/2007 5:34:24 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: TruthSetsUFree

I stand corrected. :-)


65 posted on 08/29/2007 3:20:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: NonValueAdded

Michael Douglas never did deserve the future ex-Mrs. quark anyway...


66 posted on 08/29/2007 3:24:43 PM PDT by quark
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To: blam
Women placed more emphasis on resources and status money.

There, fixed it.

67 posted on 08/29/2007 3:26:26 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: blam

Isn’t the age diff between Fred and Jeri the same as CZJ and Douglas?


68 posted on 08/29/2007 3:30:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: blam

This is not because of “evolution”.

It is the case among very rich men.

When was the last time you heard of some poor shnook marrying a beautiful woman 25+ years his junior?


69 posted on 08/29/2007 3:34:15 PM PDT by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO :: Keep the Arkansas Grifters out of the White house.)
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To: Cincinna
I once observed a feller a good number of years older than his lovely young companion. Sitting at a high end bar.

She appeared to be fawning over him much to his delight.

I got a chance to ask him why such a scenario was taking place.

He told me “I’m not really this tall, I’m sitting on my wallet."

That size thing seems to evolve with age...

70 posted on 08/29/2007 4:16:35 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: cubswinby100; 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.

If he's lucky. :-)

71 posted on 08/29/2007 4:21:14 PM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge

LOL you dog you


72 posted on 08/29/2007 5:12:25 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Cincinna
I guess this “evolution” explains why men are more often statutory rapists than are women? The chasing after youth...
73 posted on 08/29/2007 6:25:56 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Calvin Locke

The difference is she was supposed to be like a DAUGHTER to her!!!! ewwwwww


74 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:12 AM PDT by Shimmer128
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To: Shimmer128

I mean HIM. like a daughter to him. still ewww though.


75 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:53 AM PDT by Shimmer128
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To: blam

huh!
hubby is 6 yrs. older than me. 7 kids.


76 posted on 08/30/2007 7:27:27 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: lowbridge

My first wife was Summa Cum Laude, and is a physican assistant. My second wife is a best selling author.

I don’t have a girlfriend at present. But when I marry, I pick ‘em pretty well.

I figure marriage is now mostly for gay people.


77 posted on 08/31/2007 7:53:32 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: ken21; blam; Xenalyte; Gabz; Slip18; secret garden

Oh come on now, do we really need a fancy study?

The (somewhat sarcastic) rejoinder is:

Men go after (look for and date) the prettiest woman they can get.
Women go after (accept dates, go out with, and marry) the wealthiest man they can attract.


78 posted on 08/31/2007 7:57:46 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Cincinna; Syncro

See my (somewhat sarcastic) summary in nbr 78. compliments your findings, doesn’t it? 8<)


79 posted on 08/31/2007 7:59:34 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; coolbreeze; ken21; blam; Xenalyte; Gabz; Slip18; secret garden
Women go after (accept dates, go out with, and marry) the wealthiest man they can attract.

I guess I'm not too good in the attracting business because my husband has always claimed any woman interested in him for his money did not have high expectations.

80 posted on 08/31/2007 8:10:50 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

8<)


81 posted on 08/31/2007 8:12:02 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I thought you’d get a kick out of that...........but it’s the dagone truth!!! He says it all the time, and we’ve been together 19 years.

P.S. He’s also 5 1/2 years older than me :)


82 posted on 08/31/2007 8:14:34 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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