Monday, October 29, 2007

Appreciating the Male of the Species

Tomorrow I’m blogging at Petticoats and Pistols, and I know you’re going to love the topic. How do I know? Because you’re women (mostly anyway). I got introspective thinking about my topic, which I wrote with a light-hearted tone, and I remembered a talk Suzanna Davis did one time, where she spoke of the reason women are attracted to the strongest, most attractive men. It’s all about biological quality, or the survival of the species.

Female birds are attracted by the most colorful or attractive of the other gender, same with animals and mammals. Many males take part in battle rituals for the female, therefore strength and endurance win out. Nature is making sure the strongest survive, that the species will be carried on by the most capable, the best hunters and providers.

It’s our instinct to be drawn to a man who is a provider and a protector. This is why those alpha heroes appeal to us as readers. Attraction is about chemistry. But in selecting a mate, a human female must consider more than the initial attraction. The ability to make wise selections is what sets us apart from the animals. We have the ability to and the luxury of compiling all the information before we make a choice. Regrettably too many women will admit that relationships founded on sex appeal alone were not the stuff futures are made of. Chemistry is important and it sure feels good for a while, but honey, it ain’t everything.

Reading romances validates the universal hope that there is one special person for everyone. Stories of successful relationships reassure us that women around the world share our dreams.

But enough of deep introspection and back to shallow appreciation: Check in tomorrow at Petticoats and Pistols to see what all the hoopla is about. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

HINT: What do the two fine examples shown here have in common?