Summary: Women are more likely to perceive a man with physical traits which they are genetically lacking in as desirable.
I. A Thank You to the Community
My journey started at the beginning of the summer. It is never a comfortable process, being red pilled, but reading the community's posts gave me a voice of sanity and wisdom when I was in desperate need of it.
I've been lurking for a while (so I suppose I am late to the party), but I hate showing up empty handed. I wanted to bring an interesting gift at my arrival as a display of appreciation and also to stimulate some interesting discussion.
II. Introducing the Hypothesis
After starting the red pill conversion over summer from reading B.F. Skinner's experiments on pidgeons while talking with a girl, I researched more thoroughly the evolutionary underpinnings for attraction and reproduction and stumbled upon the Sexy Son Hypothesis. From the wiki page:
The sexy son hypothesis in evolutionary biology and sexual selection—proposed by Ronald Fisher in 1930—states that a female's ideal mate choice among potential mates is one whose genes will produce male offspring with the best chance of reproductive success. This also implies that a potential mate's capacity as a parental caregiver or any other direct benefits the father can offer the mother, such as nuptial gifts or good territory, are irrelevant to his value as the potential father of the female's offspring.
At first glance this may not seem like much but after dissection, this says volumes.
I easily forget that gene replication is at the heart of the evolutionary process: a gene's success depends on its ability to replicate and often out-compete other genes in a population. For the males of a species this leads to the sexual strategy of quantity over quality; males do not bear the costs of pregnancy and are free to fertilize many females. To connect back to the SSH, females choose mates with genes they believe will produce attractive sons because this is the best strategy of replication for the gene due to the promiscuous (quantity over quality) sons' reproductive success (because they are attractive to other females).
To clarify more fully (from The Selfish Gene):
In a society where males compete with each other to be chosen as he-men by females, one of the best things a mother can do for her genes is to make a son who will turn out in his turn to be an attractive he-man. If she can ensure that her son is one of the fortunate few males who wins most of the copulations in the society when he grows up, she will have an enormous number of grandchildren. The result of this is that one of the most desirable qualities a male can have in the eyes of a female is, quite simply, sexual attractiveness itself.
III. A Marginal Revolution?
A point of discussion for the sub is what may be drawn as a potential corollary from the SSH. If a key feature of female attraction is the predicted attractiveness of male offspring then women are faced with a particular set of trade-offs.
Imagine a woman has Trait A that is both very desirable for a male and guaranteed to be passed down to her future son when she reproduces. However, she is greatly lacking in Trait B which is also very desirable for a male and guaranteed to be passed down to a future son. Pivoting off the SSH, when faced with a trade-off in mates, wouldn't the woman prefer to mate with a man that was clearly abundant in Trait B but average in Trait A over the reverse? The logic is that the woman's son will already have Trait A so a mate with this trait has nothing to offer that she does not already have in abundance while the exact opposite is true for the other potential mate. In other words, the marginal value of Trait A is less than that of Trait B.
IV. My Anecdotal "Evidence"
A more concrete example from my life which beget my theorizing: I (26) am extremely short, standing at exactly 5'1". According to any survey, poll, or study my appearance should be almost vomit inducing. Bitches should be waking up in a cold sweat hoarsely protesting a disturbance in the Force from a man under 5'5" being within a 5 mile radius. However, this does not seem to happen. In fact, consistently in my past, tall women have almost always been the ones to approach me. I naturally had just written off tall girls because I figured the situation would be beyond hopeless, but all my past relationships and hook-ups have been with girls 5'8"-5'10". Now I am by no means saying that I'm some playboy master of seduction (far from it), just that my life experience has been the complete opposite of what I hear it should be. This leads me to believe that women do not know what they actually want.
This is an anonymous account so I'm gonna say fuck it and be blunt; I've been told that I have exceptionally attractive features (excluding my height of course). Normally I brush it off as friendly people just being nice and not wanting to tell me otherwise, however, especially when I'm watching my weight and staying fit, I get way more positive attention than what I should. So my contention is this: the marginal value of height for the women is sometimes less than that of the traits that I bring to the table; Trait A = height and Trait B = everything else.
To expand further, height is known to be normally distributed as a result of a fuckton of genes having an additive effect (Central Limit Theorem) thus a tall woman can be super fucking confident that she will have at least average to above average height sons resulting in a slight preference for traits which she may have a deficiency in because they will result in the greatest improvement in potential sons' attractiveness. I need to say that this does not mean that height is not valued though. A taller version of me would sling exponentially more wood than I do.
V. Fireside Chat
I hope at least one person has found this interesting. I think, if true, this can ever so slightly change how we view females' attraction and what they perceive to be as alpha: instead of it being a concrete and more objective phenomenon it will be colored by the woman's genetic weak links. A woman desires an alpha or a man making up for her weaknesses so to produce an alpha.
What are your thoughts?