We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"According to research, a woman with an attractive face is taken by men to be fertile and able to continue the family line, appealing to the man's survival instinct. In contrast women take longer to decide their feelings for a man because they need to weigh up whether he will be a committed partner who will provide for them well . . . ."
This kind of argument always confuses my poor female brain. How come a couple of milliseconds is a reasonable time to size up something as complicated as whether a woman is fertile and able to nurture and rear a successful descendent, but it takes a long time to do a good job judging whether a man will be a committed partner and good provider? Someone who wasn't just arbitrarily deciding that one task was fast and the other was slow might conclude that men who size up potential partners in milliseconds are failing to obtain any useful information, while women who spend a little time on the issue are finding out important things.
Genetically speaking, both men and women face a similar dilemma: how to pick partners who won't drop the ball on the offspring on whom all their joint genetic hopes will rest.