Confirming the Obvious: Science Shows That Women Find Men Who Drive Expensive Cars More Attractive

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This breathtaking discovery is reported in today's Telegraph. The researchers also report that men don't care what kind of car a woman drives; she just has to be pretty to get their attention:

Psychologists proved what car-dealers have boasted for generations the car one drives is key when it comes to turning a woman's head.

The university team showed women pictures of the same man sitting in two cars—a £70,000 silver Bentley Continental and a battered Ford Fiesta.

The women, who were aged between 21 to 40, picked the man sitting in the Bentley ahead of the same man in the Ford.

Dr Michael Dunn, of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, said it shows women rate a man higher if he is behind the wheels of a "fancy motor rather than in an old banger".

His research, in the latest edition of the British Journal of Psychology, also shows that men are more interested in a women's looks not her motor.

The researchers say the men tested in the same way are not impressed by whatever car a woman drives because they judge purely on her face and figure.

Dr Dunn said his findings confirmed that women judge a man by his wealth and status whereas men are primarily concerned with what a woman looks like.

The Telegraph reports a somewhat controversial interpretation of this new data: 

Dr Dunn admitted that his research could also be interpreted as evidence that women are shallower than men. He said: "Let's face it—there's evidence to support it."

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  1. [righteous voice]

    I KNEW IT!

    [/righteous voice]

  2. Dr Dunn admitted that his research could also be interpreted as evidence that women are shallower than men.

    No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

  3. I don’t own a car. Now I know why the only girls I get are hippie chicks.

  4. No surprises here. Reason promotes a sexist, woman objectifying, marketing brainwash culture.

  5. womyn*

  6. I hardly know you
    But I think I’m going to
    Let’s go siesta
    In your Ford Fiesta

  7. The first thing I look at (as far as women’s cars go) is the back seat.

    There’d better not be any kiddie seats, or the deal’s off.

  8. hippiechicks are more fun than the straight laced buisness women anyway J.N.

  9. No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    More importantly, why would someone actually have to do research to try to prove that, all other things being equal, people are attracted to the superficial? I mean, seriously?

  10. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    ‘Cause I don’t have an expensive car, and THOSE SHALLOW BITCHES don’t ruin their panties at the sight of me. FUCKING WHORES!

  11. No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    Furthermore, men don’t spend that kind of money on cars just for the seat warmers. Isn’t it just as shallow to acquire luxuries in order to attract women?

  12. Never mind banning comics, the UK should ban this kind of research, at least if it’s government-funded (which I would presume it is).

    I would suggest a new topic for psychological study: Can researchers actually keep a straight face while asking the government to fund this kind of study?

    ‘I would like a grant to develop my silly walk . . . [giggle], sorry, let me try again. I have a silly walk, and I would like a grant to . . . [more giggles] let me get back to you.’

  13. ‘The National Science Foundation today has announced a $3,000,000 grant to the Institute of Babeliciousness for a study settling the question – who is hotter, Wonder Woman or Elektra?’

  14. Wonder Woman. I’d like my 3M now.

  15. A better study would be to see marginal utility. Even a guy with an Accord would beat out the dude with the Fiesta. Why not test things out like Carrera vs. Continental, Murci?lago vs DB9 or Zonda vs. M3. There’s probably a certain level where they don’t give a shit, as long as you’re not driving a Fiesta.

  16. Wonder Woman. I’d like my 3M now.

    My study has more words and the same conclusion. Get to the back of the line.

  17. In other news:

    – Chocolate is good and fattening
    – People prefer Prime Rib to Chopped Liver
    – Real Estate with premium Ocean Front views is more expensive

    Where is my check?

  18. But would a woman stay with a complete and total asshole if he drove a nice car?

    Wait, what am I thinking? Of course.

    Here. This is more fulfilling than being reminded that people are still apes.

  19. No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    Brian beat me to it. If this study proves anything, it’s that both genders can be equally shallow, but in different ways.

  20. This study is crap. I have lots of womyn friends and I do not even have a car.

  21. hippiechicks are more fun than the straight laced buisness women anyway J.N.

    No they’re not, they’re just easier to get into bed. They get tedious real fast.

  22. hippiechicks are more fun than the straight laced buisness women anyway

    Well, business women do tend to have their own weed to share.

  23. Guess I can add to that.

    But would a man stay with a complete and total cunt if she had a smoking body and put out constantly?

    Wait, what am I thinking? Of course.

    Here. This is more fulfilling than being reminded that people are still apes.

  24. women rate a man higher if he is behind the wheels of a”fancy motor rather than in an old banger”

    Better a fancy motor in an old banger than an old banger in a fancy motor.

  25. I personally go for the ugly chicks with the nice cars. They are always eager and never mind loaning you their car. At which point I then cruise looking for the shallow hottie that wants to ride umm in my car.

    Also this just in the sky when viewed from sea level is blue.

  26. …Dr Michael Dunn, of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff…

    Any relation to him? 😉

  27. “Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?”

    Because you can fuck a pretty face.

  28. I’ll need a few million dollars to conduct a study of the people that didn’t understand that the Bentley was, in reality, a proxy for wealth and really, what she was digging was his bank account.

  29. Because you can fuck a pretty face.

    Yeah, so what?

  30. “Yeah, so what?”

    A pearl necklace ain’t fucking.

  31. Wimmin date up. Film at 11.

  32. Dr Dunn admitted that his research could also be interpreted as evidence that women are shallower than men.

    But seriously, this has actually been looked at before, in greater depth. And it’s not about the wealth directly, it’s about stability. Studies have been done that showed women who were wealthy still wanted to date men who were wealthy. It’s been long believed that women seek stable relationships in self-sufficient men who are capable of at least taking care of them selves.

  33. No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    I would argue that men are shallower. We don’t care what she brings to the financial table, as long as she has a nice ass.

  34. hippiechicks are more fun than

    Though they need to “trim the hedges” a little bit, if you will.

  35. I would argue that men are shallower. We don’t care what she brings to the financial table, as long as she has a nice ass.

    No, that makes us less shallow. We care about the person, not their accoutrements. What’s shallow about that? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

  36. No, that makes us less shallow. We care about the person, not their accoutrements. What’s shallow about that? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

    Mmmmno, I just care about the accoutrements. I really don’t even need her to talk. Just sit there and look pretty dear.

  37. How is it MORE shallow to prefer a man who has worked hard and is smart enough to be financially succesful, than to prefer a woman simply for her physical appearance, which she has little control over??

  38. Holy Shit!
    Women prefer mates with more money!
    Who knew?

  39. hippiechicks are more fun than the straight laced buisness women anyway J.N.

    No they aren’t. Straight-laced people have more repressed hormones to express.

    Hippie chicks just have emotional baggage.

  40. Actually, women ARE more shallow than men, but the researcher was studying the wrong things in order to measure the effect.

    Studies have shown that HEIGHT trumps both a handsome face and wealth/status when women are judging men.

    Studies have shown NICE CURVES trump a pretty face or anything else when men judge women.

    Clearly, women are judging men primarily on something they CANNOT control, while men are judging women on something they do have a large degree of control over. Therefore, women are more shallow.

    Go ahead and point this out to any feminist you run across. It’s fun.

  41. Give me a man in a big ol’ pick up truck over a wimpy metro-sexual Lexus/BMW/Mercedes any day.

  42. Brian Sorgatz | March 27, 2009, 3:07pm | #
    Dr Dunn admitted that his research could also be interpreted as evidence that women are shallower than men.

    No, it shows that men and women are equally shallow. Why is admiring a pretty face any less shallow than admiring an expensive car?

    Fag

  43. The researchers say the men tested in the same way are not impressed by whatever car a woman drives because they judge purely on her face and figure.

    Maybe the car she’s driving doesn’t matter, but what if they showed them a picture of an attractive woman driving a car full of stuffed Garfields, Hello Kitties, and unicorns?

  44. Anne Keckler, certified personal trainer, arguing that women have little control over physical appearance. That’s too rich.

  45. How is it MORE shallow to prefer a man who has worked hard and is smart enough to be financially succesful, than to prefer a woman simply for her physical appearance, which she has little control over??

    Because it takes no effort to be pretty, but financial success usually requires hard work.

    Studies have shown that HEIGHT trumps both a handsome face and wealth/status when women are judging men.

    It’s rather amusing listening to women whine that men are intimidated by tall women, when the truth is that men know tall women don’t date them unless they themselves are exceptionally tall. It is equally amusing watching a 5′ tall woman argue that a 5’6″ man isn’t tall enough.

    Studies have shown NICE CURVES trump a pretty face or anything else when men judge women.

    While I frequently see women with pretty faces and flat bodies (Natalie Portman?), I can’t think of the last time I saw a woman with a nicely shaped body and an ugly face.

  46. “I can’t think of the last time I saw a woman with a nicely shaped body and an ugly face.”

    Uma thurman.

  47. It amazes me how women I’ve known for a long time & have never been interested in me. Suddenly become very friendly when they see me driving my Austin Healey. It’s really pathetic how much pussy I get because of a stupid car.

  48. They can speak for themselves, I judge women largely on their adjusted gross income. It’s a lot easier to get a rich woman to look hot than a hot woman to earn more.

    I don’t necessarly correlate income with car modles as new cars aren’t fiscally responsible. I’ve read that the old money types drive Olsmobiles because they don’t really care about impressing anyone. Personally I do pretty well financially and my ride is 15 years old.

    When judging a car on its own, I basically want an indication a woman knows how to drive. While I’d admire the success of a woman who can responsibly afford a bentley, I’d have to question her judgement. Personally I think BMWs are most cost effective. My second tier choices are cars like Honda’s which are at least reliable.

    Lexus quality is an urban legend.

  49. Bob Smith-

    Ann Coulter?

  50. Because it takes no effort to be pretty, but financial success usually requires hard work.

    Being pretty requires good luck, cosmetic surgery, or some combination of the two. It’s not exactly meritocracy.

  51. Women are more superficial than men.

    Just do a quick study of personal sites for all the girls saying ‘must be 6 foot or taller’.

    Guess what? That’s superficial. There is no stretching machine which can magically make guys taller.

    That’s much more superficial than a guy saying ‘must have 44 DDs’. At least the girl or a guy she knows can buy her those. You can’t buy height.

  52. I think the researchers and all of you commenters are missing the obvious. The test was done in the United Kingdom. The women all chose a man sitting in a British car over a man sitting in an American car. Duh!

    “Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London.”

  53. Never mind banning comics, the UK should ban this kind of research, at least if it’s government-funded (which I would presume it is).

    Oh please. How much do you even think this study cost? They showed pictures to people, in a manner that I doubt employed using cutting-edge technology.

    Because it takes no effort to be pretty, but financial success usually requires hard work.

    That’s just silly. You obviously no know women, or you’d have some idea of what it takes even the already attractive ones to look the way they think they should look to attract men. Also, you have apparently never met a docuhebag who’s car was bought by his parents.

  54. That’s much more superficial than a guy saying ‘must have 44 DDs’. At least the girl or a guy she knows can buy her those. You can’t buy height.

    Not true.

    http://www.cosmcenter.com/height-increase.htm

  55. If this study proves anything, it’s that both genders can be equally shallow, but in different ways.

    It also proves that it is much more expensive to be a shallow male.

  56. All the study shows is that those things that each gender looks for in a mate are to ensure the survival of his/her genes. Women are looking for providers who will better ensure that their offspring will survive to reproduce. Men are looking for mates whose offspring will be attractive and therefore be more likely to attract a provider who will ensure that their offspring will survive to reproduce.

  57. Xanthippas, interesting. Looks like most they can do is 3.5 inches.

    That would get me past 6 feet. Then again I haven’t met a single woman in the world I would do that for.

  58. Studies have shown that HEIGHT trumps both a handsome face and wealth/status when women are judging men.

    Geez, how tall do you have to be? I’m 6’5″, not ugly, and it doesn’t seem to help a whole lot…

  59. We sat together at one summer’s end,
    That beautiful mild woman, your close friend,
    And you and I, and talked of poetry.
    I said, “A line will take us hours maybe;
    Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,
    Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
    Better go down upon your marrow-bones
    And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
    Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
    For to articulate sweet sounds together
    Is to work harder than all these, and yet
    Be thought an idler by the noisy set
    Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen
    The martyrs call the world.”

    And thereupon
    That beautiful mild woman for whose sake
    There’s many a one shall find out all heartache
    On finding that her voice is sweet and low
    Replied, “To be born woman is to know —
    Although they do not talk of it at school —
    That we must labour to be beautiful.”

    I said, “It’s certain there is no fine thing
    Since Adam’s fall but needs much labouring.
    There have been lovers who thought love should be
    So much compounded of high courtesy
    That they would sigh and quote with learned looks
    precedents out of beautiful old books;
    Yet now it seems an idle trade enough.”

    We sat grown quiet at the name of love;
    We saw the last embers of daylight die,
    And in the trembling blue-green of the sky
    A moon, worn as if it had been a shell
    Washed by time’s waters as they rose and fell
    About the stars and broke in days and years.
    I had a thought for no one’s but your ears:
    That you were beautiful, and that I strove
    To love you in the old high way of love;
    That it had all seemed happy, and yet we’d grown
    As weary-hearted as that hollow moon.

  60. Geez, how tall do you have to be? I’m 6’5″, not ugly, and it doesn’t seem to help a whole lot…

    Actually it does, though it may not be apparent. How often do you get an instant no? That’s what 5’6″ guys like me usually experience.

  61. > Why is admiring a pretty face
    > any less shallow than admiring
    > an expensive car?

    Because, all other things being equal:

    (1) a pretty face is a genetic indicator that your potential kids will be good looking, and therefore more successful.

    (2) a pretty face is a general indicator of someone who is capable of more easily ramping up social status, and therefore is more likely to assist you in obtaining social status, which in turn will increase the odds of your kids being successful.

    (3) a pretty face is a pleasant thing to look upon all the days of your life, both for you, and your kids, and your co-workers. You will do better, in general, all other factors being equal, if you bring a looker with a lovely body to any gathering than you will if you bring a granola bar with a manly face. Likewise, your potential mate will do better in the same situations if you are good sized, have a healthy, manly body, and are good looking.

    Along these lines, a female’s hip to waist ratio is a good indicator of the odds favoring healthy births. As well as a great way to fill out clothes and lingerie.

    These politically incorrect *facts* are direct drivers of choice in mates for (a) people who aren’t aware of such things, and (b) people who are, but realize they are worthy of utilizing.

    Now, if you choose for ONLY a pretty face and shapely body, then you’ll probably get what you deserve. But the politically correct trend that tells you that looks don’t matter is wrong on several very important levels. They do matter. As do social skills like dressing in a manner that complements your positive traits.

    I laugh every time I see someone espouse the whole politically correct line about how looks don’t matter, or the hope that they would not. It’s not true; it’s never been true in the past; and far before we ever evolve enough to make it true, we’ll be engineering our kids so they’re *all* good looking, have great, healthy bodies, are compassionate and intuitive and are smart as whips.

    So men are making the right choice when they look for that pretty face. As you would expect, with 50,000 years of evolution having forced the selection process into its current form.

    Women, on the other hand, also have (historically speaking) had to select for support capability. That’s why the car matters to them. They’re tuned to pick the guy that will allow them to raise kids successfully.

    So the behaviors are sex-linked; for males, selecting by the the car would be shallow (a poor choice.) For females, selecting by the pretty face would be shallow (a poor choice.)

    You can deny these facts, you can scream bloody murder about “fairness”, you can bitch a blue streak about how it “ought not to be this way”, you can try really hard to rationalize it all away, but baby, that’s the way it is *anyway*.

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