Name for older men dating younger women
Ryan addresses the issue of prehistoric mortality in his book.
For some reason, we think that life expectancy is a good measure of this, though it is simply an average.
Infant mortality and childhood deaths bring the life expectancy down, bringing it to the thirties and forties, even though there's not much evidence to show that adult prehistoric peoples were dropping dead at 35-40.
I think that it was by looking at teeth that we can't tell if a full grown adult is older than 35, so many skeletons were simply recorded as 35 , so these life expectancy calculations greatly misinterpret the data. Evolution wise, it is also true that a 40-something man is unlikely to win a fight with an 18-year-old in his physical prime.
Or, as Amy Benfer observed, "the history of feminism is the history of women attempting to excommunicate each other from the High Priestesshood", the crucial point being that neither Ryan nor Schwyzer is questioning whether there should even be a High Priestesshood in the first place, merely who they champion.
Ryan actually misses the better, simpler darwinian argument: Age alone should be a single, easily observable, decent proxy for male fitness in primitive environments.
) had outlasted almost all the competition just by managing to survive a ton: incurable diseases and injuries; instances of really bad judgment, unfavorable environmental conditions, being taken down and out to dinner by a hyena, getting clubbed in the head by an unruly starving neighbor or marauder, etc, etc. maximally fecund young women should go to these fittest-of-the-fit, savvy old war horses.
And the girls should uniformly find them very sexy and attractive, if not irresistible.
This clearly isn't quite the case, so some women are getting sub-optimal men, and it's feminism's woe-manly job to complain endlessly about this, like everything else.
To back up his thesis that this isn't a reflection of a "natural" desire on men's part, Schwyzer cites a 2007 study done in Sweden (though linking only to an article in The Economist that briefly mentions the study). Here's the first paragraph of their discussion at the end of the paper: "We show that the offspring count of both men and women who did not change their partner (i.e.
the other parent) between the birth of their first and last child increased, .
If anyone's suffering from a "pre-feminist fantasy" in this situation, it would appear to be Mr. * Full disclosure: I've met Hugo Schwyzer when we appeared together on The Point, and he seemed like a nice enough guy.