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Evolution and the Goldigger March 5, 2009

Posted by optimalrisk in relationships, Science.
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I want to talk about gold diggers (Women who go after men (or whoever) that are rich or have great material wealth) They get a really bad rap (and I’m not talking about Kanye’s song). On the surface they might seem like superficial beings, but they are just the vestiges of a fleeting era.

Have you ever heard of an arranged marriage? There is a good chance that if you are an American living in mainstream society, you know very few people (if any) that were in an arranged marriage.  Evolutionarily speaking, arranged marriages are a sound principle.  The premise:  find two people who would make good progeny and otherwise make it okay in this world based on shared characteristics.  Sounds okay, but it was associated with lack of free will and the subjugation of women.  Now, that women are their own persons they have to get there own stuff, so to speak.

In the western world, the evolving role of men and women is at an awkward stage.  Relationships based on romantic love are necessary to keep in line with social mores of  agency and egalitarianism.  Nowadays, sometimes homemakers are looked down upon as lazy or not ambitious.  I do suspect that is because some people feel jealous about their childrearing or entertaining skills.  However, people are now realizing “love won’t keep us together” and “relationships take work”.  There are dating sites with questionnaires and compatibility tests.  I forsee the new relationship model being “arranged love”.  You will attempt to form emotional bonds only with people who are compatible with you.  Gold diggers are just people that haven’t caught up yet in the genetic race.  Don’t worry! Once men realize that women can run the world without them and that arm candy has its trade-offs they will wake up and smell the shovel.