Oct 14, 2007

It's ok to play the game, as long as you don't get caught

Reading the papers in the past few weeks has been very interesting.

To begin with, an article in the New York Times covered the story of a 25 year old, “spectacularly beautiful” woman, who posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a husband who made at least $500,000 a year, because “$250,000 won’t get me to Central Park West.”

As her ad gained attention online, one gentleman responded to the economic exchange underlying her ad (i.e., let’s swap my good looks for your money) by pointing out that her proposal was inequitable. To quote: “In economic terms, you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset…. Your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity.”

In many people’s eyes, neither one of the two came off looking very good. For the most part, the woman was viewed as being a “gold digger” while he was viewed as being “sexist.”

On the other hand, there was little reaction to another article in the New York Times which conveyed the same message, but in a much more subtle manner. This article describes the growing problem of women in their early 20s who are making more money than the men they are dating. According to the article, a disparity in income is a problem for couples when women earn more than their boyfriends.

Finally, an article in the Las Vegas Sun describes a new study which shows that strippers earn significantly more money when they are ovulating than at any other time during the month. Apparently, women somehow signal their fertility which causes men to compete for their attention by offering up more of their cold-hard cash.

What’s the point of these stories, if there is one? There is always element of exchange underlying our attraction to each other. But, being explicit about it doesn’t make you more attractive to others.


Eyes said...

Reminds me of the women who flaunt themselves to guys. They think it will be a turn on and they are surprised when they are left alone -- good looks and all.

Overt is the key word.

TK Kerouac said...

The golddigger was being honest and direct, to the point
It may have taken the poor fool a couple of years before he had her figured out.