This was one of the recent e-mails I received from Daily Worth. I was intrigued by it because it fits so well to the Trophy Husband thoughts I’ve posted about here and here. I’m curious what you think.
December 21st, 2010 | Earn
Higher Income, Cuter Husband?
OK, gals—besides a fatter 401k, here’s another benefit to boosting your income:
As a woman’s earning power grows, she is more likely to choose an older, more attractive mate, says a new study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology this month.
“Previous research shows that men place greater importance on physical attractiveness when picking a partner, whereas women focus much more on whether someone can provide material resources,” says lead researcher Fhionna Moore, of Abertay Dundee University, in this interview on ScienceDaily.
That all changes as a woman’s wealth increases. Debunking the so-called cougar effect, researchers theorize that being financially independent gives women greater confidence in choosing a mate who is older, attractive and more powerful.
We have to ask: Does that shift reflect financial reality—i.e. higher income women don’t need to pick a mate for his income? Or does a sense of financial security lead women to make better choices?
So, what do you think? Any truth to it? Do you think you’d be more likely to marry a better looking man if you were financially independent? By the way, Daily Worth is a free newsletter that discusses financial topics that specifically face women.