Friday, December 14, 2007

How Not To Woo Men, Apparently

Having spent the day at home yesterday trying to finish assignments and getting myself into a temper, I turned the laptop off and settled in to watch some truly shiteous telly before bed. Cue UTV's How to Get More Sex. Fine prescriptive viewing for an inexplicably single lady!

Alas, no.

I mentioned recently my theory that people do not like funny women (just as they do not like very clever ones) and last night's programme appears to support my complaint. I know the programme was dire, I know the "experiments" were clumsy and are far from scientifically valid, etc. Nonetheless, the results sounded depressingly familiar. The experiment was thus: Two actors were sent speed-dating, two weeks in a row. On week one they were advised to be average, attentive but not funny. The man scored just one tick out out of 20 potential dates, whereas the woman scored 10. Second time around they were told to be funny, as witty and humorous as possible. His chances increased five fold, hers halved.

The conclusion drawn was that being funny is seen as a socially dominant trait and whereas women find that very attractive in a man (I agree), men tend to find it threatening in a woman and thus unattractive (told you so). The actor's assessment of it was interesting - once she stayed quiet and let people talk about themselves they were much more receptive to her. The psychologist surmised that the sense of humour most valued in a woman is an ability to laugh at her partner's jokes, rather than a propensity for cracking them herself. The vox pops were unanimous, both men and women professed to prefer funny people. Put to the test though it doesn't seem to ring true. How depressing.

So it's back to batting eyelashes and smiling shyly for me.

Post Scriptum:
The programme's experiments also indicated that chat up lines don't work at all. Take note please, gentlemen.

10 comments:

James said...

"I mentioned recently my theory that people do not like funny women (just as they do not like very clever ones)"

Personally it doesn't matter how attractive a woman is I couldn't be in a relationship with them if they weren't intelligent. Being stooopid is a big turn off for me.

As for being funny, I'm fairly neutral on that one but I wouldn't see it as a negative point. I didn't see the show, but if someone forced me to be humorous on demand I'm not so sure how many 'potential dates ticks' I would get either.

By the way is that a ladder in your tights or a stairway......

Rosie said...

no no, i didn't mean that stupid women are more attractive, i meant that women who men perceive to be smarter than they are are less attractive to them. if you follow...

and with me, it's most likely a ladder.

AJ said...

Huh ? I'm confused by your comment Rosie. Should that be: Men who perceive women to be smarter than they are, are less attracted to them? Or is that what you just said ?
Owww my head hurts.. I think I need some smart girl to explain it to me...possibly verrrryyyy slowwwwwlyyy.

Rosie said...

i knew i'd made a gick of that. what i meant was that a man is less likely to be attracted to a woman if he thinks she is cleverer than he himself is.

The Blakkat said...

Well blow me down, that's why I'm still single! I'm just too ruddy funny for my own good. Must remember to lay off the one liners next time I'm out... (note to self 'let him be the funny one').

James said...

Ok I understand... Well I can honestly say a woman who is smarter that me (as rare as that maybe) would be a positive thing in my book. But I suppose there is always an exception to every rule and I might just be that.

AJ said...

Thought that's what you meant.
But in reality I know that surveys that class everyone as one thing or thinking one way or acting one way...well they're a load of shite.

Besides I doubt that you could actually change from being a smart, funny girl into one that sits silently laughing at a guys jokes and playing dumb. And even if you could, why the hell would you wanna be a person like that ? To bag some loser that likes the sound of his own voice ?

Rua said...

I hate dumb girls and I despise it when girls play dumb. Still go there though, I have very low self-esteem

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