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Shallow? It's just basic instincts
by Ho Lian-Yi

MOST women seem to hate it when you say they like a guy for his money.

No, they reply, it isn’t only a big pay cheque that makes him attractive, but the traits that are said to come with it, such as confidence, industry, intelligence, ambition.

Okay, that makes sense.

Or does it? The women interviewed in the RazorTV clip didn’t even know the guys they were rating.

Show them a large number with a dollar sign in front of it and immediately their brains think up all these nice, positive attributes?

Why not, say, arrogance, miserliness, brattiness, infidelity or fakeness – also stereotypes of the overly career-minded?

Maybe these traits don’t matter so much to a girl if he is rich.

Money, as scientists have shown time after time, does something to the brain, which is the organ responsible for tingling the tingly parts of the body.

Sometimes it’s really obvious, such as how a Sarong Party Girl’s face changes when she sees a white male aged between 16 and 79 step out of a Ferrari, even if the person looks more like a lorry himself, if you know what I mean.

Why Han is solo

So, speaking generally, women lust after men with power and money and flashy cars, rather than someone with no money and lives with his mother and uses his limited income to buy Star Wars toys.

Some people call this kind of behaviour shallow.
But you might as well say a puppy is shallow because it sniffs another dog’s behind.

It’s instinct. A rich man is much like a puppy’s butt, in a sense.

When one puppy sniffs another puppy’s posterior, I don’t think it is a considered decision. It is not a function of the higher parts of the puppy brain.

Same goes for women with regard to rich men, I think.

Maybe women just lose their objectivity the moment money comes into the picture, the way I lose my ability to look a woman in the eye if she is Scarlett Johansson.

Basically, author Cesare Pavese said it best: “No woman marries for money: They are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.”
And you know what? I don’t mind. I’ll never be handsome, but with luck I may someday be rich.

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This article was first published in The New Paper.

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