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The most attractive women earn 8 percent more than their average-looking counterparts, Daniel S. This is especially striking because they’re unlikely to be taking on less responsibility at work to care for young children — a commonly cited explanation for the persistence of the wage gap.

Researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found “compelling evidence” that women experience age discrimination in hiring.

Measuring responses to fictitious job applications, they found that women between 64 and 66 needed to apply to nearly twice as many jobs to get the same number of interviews as a woman between 29 and 31. Women are especially likely to suffer from age discrimination because “physical appearance matters more for women” and “age detracts more from physical appearance for women than for men.” (I’d argue that the second claim is a reflection of the author’s experiences in a sexist society).

There may or may not be a seed of evolutionary truth to the idea that men “naturally” prefer younger women.

But it’s trumpeted in unscientific terms — wildly overstating the claims made by practicing scientists — and disseminated with the aim of shoring up a system that benefits men rather than rigorously establishing what’s true.

It’s myopic to delve into this research without also examining the society that brought it about.

It’s an accepted idea that men are evolutionarily predisposed to want to fuck women at the peak of their fertility — that is, in the first half of their twenties.

Women simply can’t help it that, in the words of Ok Cupid founder Christian Rudder, “From the time you’re twenty-two, you’ll be less hot than a twenty-year-old, based on [OKCupid’s] data. ” Should every woman over 22 resign herself to her supposedly natural place on a steep downhill slide? Since it’s an idea that reinforces misogyny in both the romantic and professional lives of women, plenty of people would like to believe it. Census data, men are, on average, 1.84 years older than their wives at marriage.

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