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?