The Professor tells us what we (should) like

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Men value intelligence in women far above large breasts and long legs, a Cambridge evolutionary biologist has claimed.

Although having a large bust and never-ending pins are deemed by western culture as the epitome of femininity, when choosing a mother for their children, men look for brains first,

Professor David Bainbridge, of the University of Cambridge said that intelligence is by far the most attractive quality for men looking for a long term partner because it demonstrates that his chosen partner is likely to be a responsible parent.

My theory is that the human brain is the largest sex organ in the body, and good brains means adventurous sex. Intellectual or smart girls make better bed partners. That’s my well-tested theory and I am sticking to it.


More seriously, while I agree that good brains indicate good genes, you do not marry only a body, you marry a mind. You will be living with that mind long after the peak period of sex and fertility has passed, if you are so lucky.

Temperament and character matter hugely, more even than beauty, though beauty is its own reward.

While I do not disagree with the evolutionary views of Professor Bainbridge (who could?), I find them incomplete. We mate with the whole woman. As a friend used to say: “It is not how you [women] look, it is how you make us feel’. If more women understood this fact, they would worry less about their looks and more about their manners.

This is a subject on which everyone is qualified to have an opinion.