Mate poaching study: wedding ring = excellent pickup device

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We’ve always heard from our less-than-scrupulous guy friends that a wedding band lures single women in like flies to honey — apparently it works better even than a cute puppy or a baby bjorn. Though, we suppose if we’re going to be really fair, we should save the word “unscrupulous” for the competitive biotches who pursue a man not despite, but because of his wedding band. And let it be said for the record that we have heard not one story about the reverse happening: apparently a woman in a wedding band just isn’t an aphrodisiac to men. Also, this is no longer mere hearsay: a recent study at Oklahoma State University confirmed that women are mate poaching biotches (we believe that’s the technical term) whereas men could care less whether or not a woman was attached. Yes, the women in the study were almost twice as likely to want to pursue a relationship with a man if they knew he was already taken. The researchers are still unclear whether mate poaching is nature or nurture — most likely, it’s a combination of the two: on the nature side, a taken man is “pre-screened” and thus likely to be a good catch, and on the nurture side, women — at least in the Western world — are socialized to be competitive biotches, and stealing someone else’s boyf makes them feel better about themselves. So much for single women complaining that “all the good ones are taken” — what they really mean is, all the taken ones are good.