Why Men Lie Up And Women Lie Down
Satoshi Kanazawa blogs at Psychology Today:
Both men and women lie, but they lie about different (and predictable) things.
Whether in personal ads or in face-to-face conversations, men tend to lie about their earnings and their height. In contrast, women tend to lie about their age and their weight. And both men and women often lie about the number of sexual partners they have had in their lives.
On all of these dimensions, men typically lie upwards and women typically lie downwards. Men pretend that they make more money than they actually do, they pretend that they are taller than they actually are, and they pretend that they have had more sexual partners than they actually have. In contrast, women pretend that they are younger than they actually are, they pretend that they are lighter than they actually are, and they pretend that they have had fewer sexual partners than they actually have.
…In other words, women lie and pretend to be what they used to be before in the past, whereas men lie and pretend to be what they will be in the future (or what they hope to become in an alternate universe or in their fantasy).
He doesn’t exactly mince words on feminism. My problem with it: Modern feminism is too often about how things “should” be instead of how they are. I got piles of hate male for explaining how they are in a piece I wrote for Psychology Today about the realities about beauty.
As I recently told a reader of my column who wrote me a snarly letter, women’s worth devalues as they get older and men’s tends to go up. Women get less attractive over time, and less valuable as partners, and men have the possibility of getting more valuable as partners by getting richer and more powerful.
Sorry if that’s not how you think things “should” be — it’s just how they are.