There are many reasons why a woman might be single. Maybe she isn’t interested in dating or wants to focus on her career. Maybe she hasn’t meant anyone she was compatible with or maybe it’s just none of anyone’s business what a woman’s relationship status is, but that doesn’t stop researchers from coming up with ridiculous studies to try and crack the code on how a woman can find her leading man and avoid ending up a sad, single cat lady.
Take a look at the following studies and try not to pull your hair out while doing so.
1. Your Job Is Too Stressful
Stress is a common factor in many people’s jobs, but for women it can have the added inconvenience of making them appear less attractive. According to a study from the University of Turku in Finland, men found women with high levels of a hormone called cortisol caused by stress less attractive.
Why? It is thought that perhaps low levels of cortisol signal health whereas stress is related to strong negative effects on a woman’s health like heart disease or cancer.
The study also found that men found women attractive based on an “ideal” amount of fat – “neither too little or too much.”
So if you are looking for love take some deep cleansing breaths at work and make sure to watch your carbs.
2. You’re Not Feminine Enough
Maybe the reason you haven’t meant anyone is because your jawbone is too big or your cheeks aren’t full enough.
Such were the factors of attractiveness found in another riveting study about what men find attractive in women. Turns our men are more attracted to women with feminine features, especially when they are looking for a “fling” or short-term relationship. When looking for a more long-term mate, however, men many actually prefer less attractive/feminine women because naturally women who are attractive are more likely to be unfaithful.
So either you are unfeminine and therefore unattractive or attractive but a whore and only destined for one-night stands. Great.
3. You Make Too Much Money
A recent study from the Pew Research Center has found that 40% of mothers are now the family breadwinners. While this is great news, it turns out that making more money than your partner can lead to the demise of your relationship.
Half of the participants surveyed thought a mother working outside of the home is bad for marriages and even bad for the couple’s children.
So does that mean we can look forward to another study is 5 or 10 years that shows us how out earning their partners resulted in divorce for many women?
4. You’re Too Smart
Maybe you look to smart to find a man.
According to a study from the University of Texas at Austin men are more attracted to unintelligent looking women, particularly because they feel such women would be more willing to have sex with them. Appearing sleepy, intoxicated, silly or childish were other signs of attractiveness as well, but again only for one-night stands or short term relationships. When looking for a more long term partner these qualities lost their appeal.
5. You’re A Feminist
Feminists hate men right? We think they are all evil, terrible, unfair monsters that live to see us take a back seat to their success while we cook and clean to meet their every need.
Nope that’s actually not the case, but the stereotype of a man-hating feminist is something that is all too common. So much so that when a woman identifies as a feminist she may find that her dating pool dwindles. I know many fearless feminists that have had a hard time dating because they identify as feminists but it is my hope that times are changing and that men (and women) will look for partners that are just as feminist minded as they are.
And as for all these “studies,” well if you ask me they are a load of BS so if you’re single take a dance break and put your hands up!
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