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    Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double standard?

    Alright, so this post is regarding the supposed double standard wherein woman are perceived as less desirable when promiscuous when compared to the desirability level of similarly promiscuous men.

    OK, so here is something I learned in my Evolutionary Psychology class about 5 years ago:

    Evolutionary psychology explains the sexual double standard by noting that men unconsciously want their genes passed on and not another manís genes, especially if they will be providing resources to the child. Therefore, female promiscuity is highly undesired by men. On the other hand, while women do not like male promiscuity either, they do not see male promiscuity as being at the same level of undesirability that men do for women. For example, studies have shown that women are more jealous about a man being intimate (not necessarily sexually) with another woman than they are with them simply having sex with another woman.

    Additionally, consider the following theory:

    Evolutionary psychology has been used to explain the gender differences in sexual behaviors. According to this perspective, gender differences have developed through human evolution because they are related to reproductive capacities (Weiderman, 1993). Because men have greater reproductive capacities, it is considered beneficial for them to inseminate as many females as possible to maximize the survival of their offspring (Oliver & Shibley Hyde, 1993; Walsh, 1993).

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    Therefore, because promiscuity appears to be more innate for men to be more promiscuous than women are, it is something that has, over time, been found to be more acceptable.

    So, I ask, do you think that these findings and theories contribute to why there is a sexual double standard regarding promiscuity for males versus females?
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    I voted yes.

    Something I've discussed at length with friends and psychology and biology teachers/professors before. You did a pretty good job of summing up the theory in your post.
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I voted yes.

    Something I've discussed at length with friends and psychology and biology teachers/professors before. You did a pretty good job of summing up the theory in your post.
    Yeah I agree, the reasoning behind this theory is sound
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by naturalrights View Post
    Yeah I agree, the reasoning behind this theory is sound
    I wouldn't necessarily say the theory itself is sound beyond reproach, but it's a plausible and perhaps the best explanation for why the double standard exists.

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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I wouldn't necessarily say the theory itself is sound beyond reproach, but it's a plausible and perhaps the best explanation for why the double standard exists.
    Yes, that's what I mean by sound (of course)
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by naturalrights View Post
    Alright, so this post is regarding the supposed double standard wherein woman are perceived as less desirable when promiscuous when compared to the desirability level of similarly promiscuous men.

    OK, so here is something I learned in my Evolutionary Psychology class about 5 years ago:

    Evolutionary psychology explains the sexual double standard by noting that men unconsciously want their genes passed on and not another manís genes, especially if they will be providing resources to the child. Therefore, female promiscuity is highly undesired by men. On the other hand, while women do not like male promiscuity either, they do not see male promiscuity as being at the same level of undesirability that men do for women. For example, studies have shown that women are more jealous about a man being intimate (not necessarily sexually) with another woman than they are with them simply having sex with another woman.

    Additionally, consider the following theory:

    Evolutionary psychology has been used to explain the gender differences in sexual behaviors. According to this perspective, gender differences have developed through human evolution because they are related to reproductive capacities (Weiderman, 1993). Because men have greater reproductive capacities, it is considered beneficial for them to inseminate as many females as possible to maximize the survival of their offspring (Oliver & Shibley Hyde, 1993; Walsh, 1993).

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    Therefore, because promiscuity appears to be more innate for men to be more promiscuous than women are, it is something that has, over time, been found to be more acceptable.

    So, I ask, do you think that these findings and theories contribute to why there is a sexual double standard regarding promiscuity for males versus females?
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    History is nice, but we should be beyond that.

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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    I would say no

    The double standard is one that has been enforced culturally not because of biology

    The double standard exists because of the effects of promiscuity. Women in the past would get pregnant, a visible and negative aspect of having multiple sex partners especially as in the past a woman with a child not fathered by her husband would have a very difficult time to earn a living. From a cultural standpoing promiscuous women in the past would have been a bad thing

    Now with the advent of the birth control pill and women having strong careers that would allow many to raise a child by themselves the double standard is going away in many larger cities. Women now can have as many sexual partners as men can and face the same negative or positive outcomes from it. Not so in the past

    Evolutionary aspects of sex drive men to seek multiple partners, and women to seek different types of partners at differnent times of the month, but as a driving factor in making promiscuos women a negative cultural trait for women, I doub it.
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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I would say no

    The double standard is one that has been enforced culturally not because of biology

    The double standard exists because of the effects of promiscuity. Women in the past would get pregnant, a visible and negative aspect of having multiple sex partners especially as in the past a woman with a child not fathered by her husband would have a very difficult time to earn a living. From a cultural standpoing promiscuous women in the past would have been a bad thing

    Now with the advent of the birth control pill and women having strong careers that would allow many to raise a child by themselves the double standard is going away in many larger cities. Women now can have as many sexual partners as men can and face the same negative or positive outcomes from it. Not so in the past

    Evolutionary aspects of sex drive men to seek multiple partners, and women to seek different types of partners at differnent times of the month, but as a driving factor in making promiscuos women a negative cultural trait for women, I doub it.
    Your opinion is based on just guessing, right?

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    Re: Does evolutionary theory of mating strategies account for the sexual double stand

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    History is nice, but we should be beyond that.
    Evolution is just nice history?

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