And I can't help but think, "They cannot possibly think people don't see this."
It's because people bring different things to the relationship. "[Women] are choosing their mates based more on security and protection than the externals," Dr. Freed tells us. If a man is bringing the money and stability to the relationship, doesn't it make sense that a woman would bring the beauty?
It's not to say that these relationships are always shallow (though they are sometimes, let's be real). This set-up totally works for some people. And it totally varies, too. Dating is fun, isn't it?
I used to babysit for a perfectly happy couple, with three adorable children, where this dynamic was undoubtedly the case. The wife was a babe and the husband was rich and really nice.