The Two Ways Men Increase Their Status

Have you always wondered why Brad Pitt and George Clooney are consistently thought of as the biggest studs in Hollywood? New research from the University of Michigan relating to aggression, status, and sex might help explain. When social status or sex are on a man’s mind, it causes them to act aggressively so as to maintain his cred, according to assistant professor Vladas Griskevicius. But these too attack triggers are linked: “Across different cultures and time, the higher status men have, the more sex or better-quality partners they may have,” Griskevicius said. So, Pitt might not sleep with every woman in town, but he’s still high status because he’s always exclusive with a beautiful woman (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie), aka “better-quality partners.” Clooney, on the other hand, always has a different girl, fulfilling the “more sex” aspect. According to this theory, guys like Charlie Sheen, John Mayer, and David Spade are also high-status men, which might explain why they get so much coverage in the tabloids. [EurekAlert]