Okay, I'm exaggerating (a little). Here is a review of some research that suggests, contrary to previous research, women seek all desirable traits in a male partners, but that expectations are tempered by their own desirability. That is, a woman who is extremely desirable (to men) will seek men that meet all criteria, but that as you lower the woman's desirability, she is willing to prioritize, and sacrifice certain traits in order to secure a partner with the most important traits (to her). The article lists the desired traits in men as the following:
The researchers identified four categories of characteristics women seek in a partner:
* good genes, reflected in desirable physical traits,
* the desire to have children and good parenting skills, and
* loyalty and devotion.
Men, in contrast, are less complicated. The researchers state that the, ahem, "traits" males seek in partners did not vary among men based on their desirability. That is, Danny Devito and Brad Pitt have the exact same expectations of who they prefer as a partner. I'm sure people everywhere are shocked by this last bit of information...