And for the record, I am 44, but I don't feel old and I am not a cow! I am actually fairly easy on the eyes
"Have you ever wondered why so many men (and okay some women) cheat? I have never figured out why these men, who have the perfect wives at home, still feel the need for a mistress or two. And its not just married men, I know boys who have gone out with two girls simultaneously (of course the girls had no clue). And then there are men who have had a solid seven year relationship with the perfect girl who they love, adore and want to marry, but still cheat...WHY? Well Laura Zigman’s “Old Cow-New Cow Theory” theory may explain this bizarre phenomenon (also seen in the movie, Someone like you). The theory claims that the mating rituals of cows can be used to explain why men lose interest in their old girlfriends/wives and seek new partners.
According to Glenn Wilson, “The males of most mammalian species have a definite urge towards seeking variety in their sexual partners. If a male rat is introduced to a female rat in a cage, a remarkably high copulation rate will be observed at first. Then, progressively, the male will tire of that particular female and, even though there is no apparent change in her receptivity, he eventually reaches a point where he has little apparent libido. However, if the original female is then removed and a fresh one supplied, the male is immediately restored to his former vigor and enthusiasm.” interestingggggg
Also, “Rams and bulls are unmistakably resistant to repeating sex with the same female. A single bull can be relied upon to do the rounds of all the available cows, and a single ram will eventually service all the sheep in his domain. Male animals do not choose their mates randomly: they identify and reject those that they have already had sex with. In the case of rams and bulls it is notoriously difficult to fool them that a female is unfamiliar. Attempts to disguise an old partner by covering her face and body or masking her odors with other smells are usually unsuccessful. Somehow she is identified as "already serviced" and the male moves on to less familiar females.” Glenn Wilson, The Great Sex Divide
The thing is human beings do have animal instincts and so I think this theory sheds light on why so many men (not all) tire of their long-term partners and long for something/someone new. But even if we ignore this specific application of the theory( cheating or leaving your old girlfriend/boyfriend for a new one) we know that ANYTHING new seems more appealing, be it a new pair of shoes you just have to have or a new book you’ve just bought and cant wait to read. There is a degree of mystery, excitement and pleasure that is associated with anything new. Perhaps this is because once we’ve had something for too long we start to take it for granted; the old becomes the standard and boring and anything new is seen as fresh/different and therefore thrilling. Even if we have the perfect partner, after a while, we start to take them for granted and in the words of Carrie Bradshaw the relationship starts to lose the "tza tza tzoo".
Okay okayyy i know human beings are more complex and there are a thousand different factors that affect human emotions/relationships/decisions; and as tempting as it may be, no one single theory can be used to explain human behavior- fine. I realize this theory is one-dimensional and we happen to be a little more complicated than cows, but comon this theory, as simplistic as it may be, does bear some resemblance to the truth, doesn’t it?!?!"
[This message edited by OldCow18 at 12:45 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)]
Just letting you know, not ALL men are cheating, lusting, pigs who can't wait for the opportunity to cheat. Whether man or woman, I think it is mainly a brain thing, rather than a gender thing.
I know this is a gender biased theory, just explaining my user name.
I never understood humans having animal-like tendencies until I became a mother. My animal instincts are something fierce.
I also have never had an urge to cheat on WH. I am crazy in love with that man. I've often felt like a "fool" when it comes to him... Hmmm.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, pack your shit and get out.
Fool me twice, now what?!?!
I was just in the west and watching some Elk. In the elk family there is 1 male and like 20 or so females. The male is the domaint of the herd, if there is another male it would be a junior male with little reign or the females.
Thank God humans are of higher intelligence or we would be all married to Tiger Woods.
Love kills slowly.
Hope that made sense.
True love is harder to come by than soul mates. True love requires work.
Ignorance can be cured with knowledge. There is no cure for being an idiot.
-October 3, 2007-
Guess that makes me an Old Cow too.
Some women? Yeah okay.
And speaking as a man, women my own age are far sexier to me than barely legal girls. I love the laugh lines and crows feet that are starting to emerge in my wifes face.
Are young women sexy? Sure, in the same way young guys are. It's a lot easier for them to be in shape.
[This message edited by StillGoing at 2:12 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)]
I totally understand why you feel this way OC18. We all seek some rational (or at least understandable) explanation for what our WS's did. I agree that there is no simple explanation in most cases. It is a mish-mash of things. Many describe the "perfect storm" of circumstances that overtook their WS and swamped their copping abilities. Maybe some had very bad coping abilities in the first place and it didn't take much.
I hope you have noticed, however, the part about "even if we have the perfect partner". It is not about you, it is about them. I was not the perfect partner, but I did my best and loved him and cared for him and my family to the best of my ability. I bet you did too. I hope your WH is working to figure out why he felt the need to search out new pastures--hopefully he has already figured out that the grass in not greener on the other side of the fence.
And Hopingforhappy, the grass is greener where you water it. I love that saying, so true.
[This message edited by OldCow18 at 2:25 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)]
I bristle at the frequent shots at men having this uncontrollable animal behavior, while apparently excusing the participating female (in most cases) AP. Or is the theory also saying that most women have an uncontrollable animal instinct to slut around?
The thing is human beings do have animal instincts and so I think this theory sheds light on why so many men (not all) tire of their long-term partners and long for something/someone new.
I believe that the reason men, and women, become involved in A's has more to do with the WS tiring of themselves and their role in the long-term relationship. They are not looking for new and shiny in the AP so much as looking for new and shiny them self.
Old Cow, New Cow, Bull
friends wife lasting 10 years. TT over a
year a year. Now his health is declining,
among the lack of communication.
I guess he is not thinking of the dangers in that
I love that movie...and remember in the end, the theory was proven to not be the case with Eddie.
I need Eddie in my life
Humans are not animals. We think. We know right from wrong. To say its animal instinct is just throwing out an excuse to brush off bad behavior.
I know a fws. Maybe fhis is tmi, but he told me his wife rocked his world. Firecrackers sti went off for him when his wife walked passed.
Heres something to ponder, my idiot wh's reason to stay with me (given to me 5 yrs ago). Im the old car. The new car looks pretty but you dont know how she runs. The old car, you know her quirks, how she runs etc. She is ole faithful. Im still trying to decided what old car I wanna be
Why do they cheat? It has nothing to do with us. Sometimes it doesnt bave anything to do with the ow. Its all about them. A "me. Me. Me." Situation.
Eta: just from comments here I might have to see the movie.
@ats, I like that view about a ws tiring of themselves and their roll in life.
[This message edited by sullymeishadomi at 4:21 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)]
me likey old cow