Image: Sex and the City.
In the past, scientists stuck to the evolutionary theory that men prefer younger women who are likely to bear them more children.
Results of one landmark study showed men don’t really care how old a woman is, it’s what she looks like that counts. (Hang your head, you shallow creatures!)
While there’s an obvious downside to this (the good-looking really do rule the earth), the upside for single thirty-forty -(or even fifty)-somethings is you don’t need to be quite as panicked about ageing as you think.
In this particular study, a group of twenty-something men consistently chose a picture of an attractive forty-something woman over photos of lots of other younger, if plainer, women.
It wasn’t just for sex either – the men were asked to think white-picket fences rather than a Fifty Shades style fling. (Post continues after gallery.)