The New Trophy Wife
By Deborah Seigel -- Publication Date: Jan/Feb 2004
Summary: Alpha women are highly sought-after partners at the law firm and at the altar. How does the 21st-century groom feel about that?
Pete Beeman, a 36-year-old sculptor, met Page Fortna, 34, on New Year’s Eve 1997, while she was studying for a doctorate in political science. “I was totally impressed that she was getting a Ph.D.,” recalls Beeman. “She has a powerhouse background that speaks of personal drive and dedication. It was attractive, not in a sexual way, but in a necessary way. I’m not interested in someone who doesn’t have as much to offer me as I have to offer her.”
Massimo Tassan-Solet met Karin Dauch at an Internet merger party in 2000. She introduced herself to the derivatives trader, now 36, by announcing, “Hi, I’m Karin, and I have to go now.” “She was strong and unconventional in her approach, but she did it with humor,” recalls Tassan-Solet of Dauch, who at age 29 owns doubleKappa, a Web design and branding company. “I don’t look at people as a list of what they’ve done,” says Tassan-Solet. “But what she’s done is remarkable.”
A different tale, though I don't believe that an "alpha female" has to have Ph.D. or highly educated in the convention sense.. there are degrees of intelligence, native and born-with and so on.. still, the notion that men would be interested and attracted to more co-equals, co-partners, with a level of savy and brightness and assertiveness to equal "their own," isn't surprising.. we are drawn both to that which is our opposite (fulfillment/other side), and that which is complimentary to our own natures.. IMHO...