Science Proves That Nice Guys Can Finish First!

Yeah, we've been through the bad-boy phase. Who hasn't? But when it comes down to really finding a great guy out there to settle down and build a family with, the truth is that nice guys don't always have to finish last! At least that is what scientists from Pennsylvania State University who studied the indigenous Waorani tribe of Ecuador found.

The Waorani have managed to create one of the most aggressive societies in the world with a reputation for killing outsiders and being equally violent to one another. Murder accounts for 54 per cent of male deaths and 39 per cent of female deaths in their society. Their tribe first came to world-wide attention in 1956, when five missionaries were speared to death when attempting to make peaceful contact with the Woarani.

So it comes as no surprise that the scientists were expecting to find that meeker and mild mannered men were bullied and relegated to peripheral positions in the community. But after interviewing men in 23 different settlements, they found that the more passive men had more wives, more children and more offspring that survive in adulthood. Just proves what us women have been trying to tell the fellas for years: Nice guys can finish first!

To learn more about the Woarani and their society, pick up Waorani: The Contexts of Violence and War, by Clayton Allen Robarchek and Carole Robarchek.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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