Girls dating men like their fathers
He was tall, muscular, and blond, with stone gray eyes and a low gravelly voice. But when I suggested we go out for a beer, he gave a polite yet immediate "no." Tim later confessed he thought I was beautiful and smart, but there was one thing working against me: I was 21; he was 47, and unlike most men who'd be flattered by a younger woman showing interest in them, he thought going on a date with a woman young enough to be his daughter would be ridiculous.Fast-forward five years and I am insanely in love with this man.We're both driven and goal-oriented (he's a former Navy Seal turned entrepreneur, and I am a safety specialist for a company that manufactures gear motors).We are both in love with our families and obsessed with our two sweet dogs.Research on animals has shown that female mice sniff out males with different MHCs to their own, prefering them to mates with a similar genetic make up.Women were also thought to do the same, according to one study in which women sniffed T-shirts worn for a couple of nights by men. Martha Mc Clintock, Carole Ober and a team at the University of Chicago studied 49 women whose MHC genes and parents’ MHC genes were known.
You might instantly turn from every businessman thinking he’ll be emotionally distant and geographically distant, or run from any musician/hippie thinking he’s irresponsible and unable to provide.
The genes in question form part of the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC, and encode various components of the immune system.
These genes are thought to be tightly linked to others that dictate our natural odour.
Surprisingly, the women preferred the odours of men who shared the same type of a few MHC genes, or alleles, with themselves.
The most appealing odour donors shared 1.4 alleles on average, whereas the least appealing shared 0.6 alleles.
What’s more, these matching alleles were ones the women had inherited from their fathers and not from their mothers.