With the exception of professional athletes, power for adult men is most frequently manifested in wealth (the ability to dominate other men in terms of resource provision) and political/managerial power (the power to directly tell other men what to do). The word has also been imbued with different meanings throughout human history as circumstances have changed. In the Stone Age, power may have meant superior hunting skills, muscular strength or spear-throwing prowess. But compared to the primitive past in which humans evolved, the modern world is relatively non-violent and resource rich. This has tipped the meaning of power for men away from physical dominance and toward socioeconomic dominance. Why are women so attracted to powerful men? For the same reason men are attracted to fertile women: To ensure the continuation of the genetic lineage. Male power is as good a guarantor of genetic survival as any. Now, you may say: “But not all women want to have children!” Sure, but even women who don’t want to have children have the genes that make them lust for powerful men. And men who don’t want to procreate still have the genes that make them turned on by women who have the physical markers of fertility. The reason is that, in our evolutionary past, the men and women who preferred, respectively, infertile women and powerless men, did not generally end up passing along their DNA. As such, these genes are not around today. There are exceptions of course, such as the woman who thinks homeless men are hot or the young man who has a hard-on for grandmothers, but these are either fetishes brought on by unique childhood experiences or rare genetic anomalies. Nature has a sense of humor. A woman in the modern world is no longer dependent on a man who is physically superior to his peers to have a very high chance of genetic continuation. While women still find it very arousing, physical dominance is simply not as valuable in a peaceful society as in one characterized by violent conflict.