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It has become a troubling cliche that women feel unavoidably attracted to men who are completely wrong for them This leads to other overarching platitudes that permeate our social interactions All men are pigs Nice guys finish last The frustration over these seemingly impenetrable absolutes builds and builds until it bursts in a flurry of Cosmo quizzes Whats going on and can it be remedied You all know someone whos been affected by this paradox and probably have encountered it sometime yourselves A friend of mine recently had her birthday ruined by her boyfriend He accompanied her and many of her friends on a trip to Magic Mountain After disappearing for hours she finally found him He was asleep in her car in the parking lot which he had broken into in order to nap inside the ideal resting place His only present to her was a card They are still together today I couldnt have written a more ridiculous scenario myself Well I could but it would involve a lobster playing trombone Are women attracted to guys like this because somehow the qualities of meanness and insensitivity are inherently desirable The answer is no Granted there is a positive correlation between the degree of a males lack of compassion and his ability to engender the attention of the opposite sex but as any of you know who have taken a statistics course a correlation does not prove causation There is an underlying factor that produces this result That factor is power What women seek is someone who is powerful who can control any situation and make things go his way From an evolutionary standpoint this means women are far more likely to be attracted to the guy who kills the charging lion than the guy who paints one on the cave wall If there is one thing that jerks certainly have it is power Women perceive them as having
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