This week in my Psychology of Personality class we had to draft a paper where we pretended that we were consultants helping people write descriptions of themselves for an online dating service. We were asked to draw on the theory of evolutionary psychology and write one description for a man, and one for a woman. We were then asked to design each to be attractive to the opposite sex on characteristics that would be identified as important in evolutionary psychology. The problem with this is genders are extremely misrepresented, and stereotyped into gender specific categories thus, ignoring the human as a unique being.
Despite this-it was rather amusing. So, I thought I would share my devised people for you, here.
Jack and Jill Dating Service
Joseph Montgomery: I am a thirty-six year old Virgo. I am a self-employed business man. I am five foot 9 with an average build. I have dark hair, and brown eyes. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona.
Interests: In my free time, I likes to fish, camp, watch sports; especially the Pittsburg Steelers cheerleaders. I also enjoy working on my house, cooking, and spending time with my two children, ages seven and ten.
Favorite Season: This would be a tie between Autumn and Summer. Favorite Music: Country and rock. Favorite Foods: Steak and anything spicy. I don’t care for sweets.
Seeking: I am seeking an attractive, family orientated woman who is twenty-three to twenty-five years of age. (The younger the better) Preferably someone fit, that takes good care of herself, and is concerned about her looks. I would prefer a woman with nice flat abs and large firm breasts, if not, that’s okay we can have them enlarged. I also prefer a woman who doesn’t have her own children, because I would like for her and I to work on settling down and producing a few of our own. I am looking for someone adventurous, that doesn’t mind letting me take care of her and cook, during the many pregnancies we will share. I also prefer that her looks remain well-kept during and after all the pregnancies. Because attraction is a must for me.
Perfect first date: Would be dinner at Tandoor, and then a walk in the park, or maybe a movie or ball game.
Julia Bowman: I am a twenty-five year old Capricorn who works in Real Estate. I am a five foot 6 and weigh 126 pounds. I have long blonde hair and blue eyes. I take great pride in my appearance and work out every day. I was born in Duluth, Minnesota.
Interests: Participating in marathons and triathlon. I enjoy music, shopping, antiques, and design. Favorites Season= Spring. Favorite Music: Rock, Rap, and Indie. Favorite Foods: Anything but meat, since I am a Vegan.
Seeking: I am seeking an older, attractive self-sufficient man who is between 30 to 45 years of age. I want a man who has high socioeconomic status, who is well-known and respected in the community. I seek that fatherly figure, who isn’t concerned about sexual intimacy, because money is more important to me than sex. He needs to be ready to settle down, get married and begin a family(so of course we would occasionally be intimate during those times we try to conceive). I want someone who is financially secure, affectionate and responsible-but still has his hair (if not we will work around that). Someone that is capable of taking care of me and having a large family.
Any thoughts on The Theory of Evolutionary Psychology about dating?