An intriguing idea I read about in Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser is the notion that our early ancestors developed “alpha male” behavior because it was advantageous during evolution, and remains so today. This is supposedly why women are attracted to dominant men (even when they’re jerks). I found this blogger’s take on the issue interesting (and compelling, since he cites scientific research): Masculine or “alpha” behavior is attractive to some women sometimes. It appears to be a retained trait from multiple millions of years ago, that was once advantageous, but has lost its significance with respect to the population as a whole.
Whether or not women are hard-wired to want more aggressive, active mates, it seems to me that individual preference and cultural context also play a large role. As with life in general, it seems that the only constant in human sexuality is change.
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