New Study Proves That Single Women are Indeed Predatory Bitches
This came as a surprise to us, because we always believed the lament of the single woman (well, actually, women in general) was "Why are men such assholes?"
But we came across the good men being taken question in an article in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, which told us right away that this was a question of serious scientific import. Or maybe the asshole question is far too complex to be resolved with one experiment on a group of undergrads who need the credit for their Intro to Psych course. (Remember when you actually got money for participating in a psych experiment? Unreal does -- with longing.)
Ph.D. student Jessica Parker and her advisor Dr. Melissa Burkley, the authors of this article (called "Who's chasing whom? The impact of gender and relationship status on mate poaching"), hypothesized that "taken men are perceived as good" and set up an experiment on 184 undergraduates, 97 of them female, at Oklahoma State University to prove it.
|Dr. Melissa Burkley|
After that, Burkley and Parker did a lot of math, but Unreal will spare you the pain. The upshot: "As expected, single women were more interested in poaching an attached target rather than pursuing a single target, whereas single men were not." (Well, technically, men, single and attached, are just as interested in poaching, but the key here is that single women are much more interested in attached men than single ones. Men, it appears, think they have a better chance with single women.)
|Journal of Experimental Social Psychology|
|The data that proves single women are poachers, though it appears single men want to poach just as much.|
Burkley started dating her husband in high school and has no personal experience with poaching or being poached. And since her study was done on the sly - under the assumption that women would be less likely to actually confess to wanting to poach someone else's boyfriend or husband - she doesn't have any real explanations for her findings.
She does, however, have theories.