|Photo by Arthur Princehorn, Oberlin College Archives|
No, far better to seize on that split infinitive, that whiff of dysfunction, that misplaced modifier. (SIDE NOTE: Do not misplace your modifiers. Ever. I mean it. Stop.)
But here's what I didn't expect: Men do it, too. At least according a recent FSU study, in which men sitting in a waiting room were asked to rate the attractiveness of an ovulating female accomplice. Past research has suggested that men rate women in the middle of their menstrual cycles as more attractive than women in other phases -demonstrating, as if I needed more proof, that humans are overgrown baboons. Single men in the FSU study hewed to this pattern, but men in relationships fell over themselves trying to downgrade the woman's attractiveness. If they couldn't have her, she clearly wasn't all that hot.
Score one for the good guys?