Many years ago (ick... it was 1989) I read a book called "Sexual Selection" by James L Gould and Carol Grant Gould (a Scientific American Library publication, which does not seem to be in print now). On page 258, there is a revealing list of thirteen characteristics that one might use to select a mate. The list was ordered by males and females here are the lists:
|Kindness and understanding|| Kindness and understanding|
|Intelligence|| Intelligence |
|Physical attractiveness|| Exciting personality|
|Exciting personality|| Good health |
|Good health|| Adaptability |
|Adaptability|| Physical attractiveness |
|Desire for children|| Good earning potential |
|College graduate|| College graduate|
|Good heredity|| Desire for children|
|Good earning potential|| Good heredity |
|Good housekeeper|| Good housekeeper|
|Religious Orientation|| Religious Orientation|
These sorts of facts cause the social liberals great consternation, as they challenge their cherished beliefs about what should be (in their opinion).
To them I can only say what every scientist is taught, "Theory guides, Experiment decides".