Tracy Clark-Flory, who seems to be holding down the fort at Salon’s Broadsheet almost singlehandedly these days, shared an interesting BBC study about the power of peacocking. It turns out that research now shows what Mystery knew all along – women like a guy who busts out the flamboyant dance moves. TCF gives Mystery his due, though as usual, I could do without the eye-rolling snarky touch:
Rufus Johnstone, an expert in the behavioral evolution at Cambridge University, told the Associated Press: “There are lots of cues females use when choosing a mate, like a peacock puffing out its tail.” Ah, the ol’ peacocking theory most recently promoted by the pickup artist Mystery.
From the Associated Press article:
Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist at Northumbria University and one of the study’s co-authors, said women may subconsciously judge how fit a man is by the fluidity of his dancing. He said their research was likely subjective and different cultures would have different measures for what constitutes good dancing.
Neave advised bad dancers to improve their core body moves.