Thanks for your feedback, guys!
Draconis - I don't think that women admitting and going after money, looks, and status is a bad thing. In fact, I think it would be the smart and practical thing to do! But of course, love and relationships aren't always rational, else we could all just submit resumes and pick our partners quick and easily. I'm just wondering if it's subconscious, or something that's built into women from thousands and thousands of years of the theory of "hunter" (men) and gatherer (women) roles back in our tribal days. As I mentioned, what women say they want is rarely what they actually choose. This is all from my personal observations and experience so I'm no way saying this is objective. And yes, I know I'm being bias and one-sided on this, but I can't help it!
As for men wanting the same, I'm going to admit that this is not the case for me. The reason is that my ego is too big and needs to be stroked. If I can't be the provider or the strong one in the relationship, then I would feel useless and weak. I'm not saying I want a totally obedient partner because being totally depended upon is not a good thing either. Something like a 60/40 relationship.
Since women rarely choose "down" (Justean being the exception
), in my opinion, it makes me feel like I have to be 1-step higher than my future partner in terms of finance, looks, or power/status.
... and yes, probably having a huge "package" helps!