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marinelife's avatar

What about "new cow"?

Asked by marinelife (62430points) July 14th, 2008

In an earlier question, link not one man (well, except AstroChuck) answering addressed the issue of looks or figure beyond attire. I find that extremely puzzling when many male sources all the way from Jeff Foxworthy (“I want a beer & I wanna see something nekkid.”) to scientific study (see summary below) show that it is really looks that guide men’s choices.

“A study conducted by the National Academy of Science hypothesized the same conclusion in the dating market. It proved that men will go more for what makes their mouth water rather than what they put on their ‘dating partner’ checklist.

The study took 26 men and 20 women, ages 26 to early 40s, and asked them to create a list of everything they looked for in a mate, from healthiness, wealth, and family background to physical attraction.

They then were asked to participate in a form of ‘speed dating’ with one another and decide whom they would like to continue seeing.

The study was limited to heterosexual couples only.

While the women followed their checklists, the men disregarded their qualifications and based their decision primarily on physical attractiveness, according to the study. ”

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cheebdragon's avatar

I dont think this applies to the “new cow” theory, am I thinking of a different “new cow ” than you are?

nikipedia's avatar

If you’re speed dating, looks are bound to play a bigger part than if you’re dating-dating. I posit the study’s methodology was flawed. And n=26? Really? More on this when I am back at work with full access to journals (and less access to vodka).

marinelife's avatar

This one: The Origins of the New-Cow Theory

“The males of most mammalian species have a definite urge towards seeking variety in their sexual partners. If a male rat is introduced to a female rat in a cage, a remarkably high copulation rate will be observed at first. Then, progressively, the male will tire of that particular female and, even though there is no apparent change in her receptivity, he eventually reaches a point where he has little apparent libido. However, if the original female is then removed and a fresh one supplied, the male is immediately restored to his former vigor and enthusiasm.”

—Glenn Wilson, The Great Sex Divide

marinelife's avatar

@cheeb What the other question asked was what attracts men to women, which I took to mean as at the beginning of a relationship since dating was mentioned.

However, looking back at the question I am wrong. It asks what makes you melt.

cheebdragon's avatar

Right same theory then.
the reason I dont think it really applies to the study in the question is because the participants were not previously dating eachother, or were they?
its really just based on looks….

SilentlyLogical's avatar

26 men’s mistakes do not account for the opinions of all of the male gender.

chaosrob's avatar

I suppose if your cow (this metaphor is bugging me…) can learn new tricks, that’s basically the same as a new cow, right? I think learning to overcome the new cow urge is part of the process of forming a modern society and developing more evolved minds. The notion of building a life bond with someone is newer than the notion of nailing everything you can get your hands on, so I suppose it will take some time to catch on.

scamp's avatar

I just saw a movie where “new cow” was mentioned, and I can’t remember which one it was. Does anyone know?

marinelife's avatar

It’s called Someone Like You with Greg Kinnear, Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Barkin. It’s very funny.

scamp's avatar

Thanks Marina!

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