I Have Characteristics

July 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm (anthropology)

From the teacher’s guide for the course I teach:

Older women may have less drive to remarry and they are more likely to have characteristics that affect their suitability to potential partners.

Hmm, since BOTH negative and positive characteristics affect suitability, is the book trying to tell me that older women are more likely to have characteristics in general?  And more likely than WHO, exactly?  Older men, younger women, younger men?  Whoever they are, they are characteristicless, and their suitability remains unaffected.  WHAT?

Then comes this helpful nugget:

There are three main contexts from which divorced men and women might find another partner: in the workplace, through leisure activities, and through their social network.

In other words, in the places they go and through the people they meet.  Revelatory.  Next thing the book is going to tell me is that divorcees tend to pick contemporary, live, human partners who exist in time and space.

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2 Comments

  1. ashyknees said,

    You gotta love social science.

  2. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    I can haz characteristics?

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