Assignment 3 rewrite - Chanel Casayuran, cdc74 October 6,...

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Chanel Casayuran, cdc74 October 6, 2010 Assignment #3 Both articles analyze the effects of a woman’s ovulatory cycle. In the article “Ovu- latory cycle effects on tip earnings by lap dancers: economic evidence for human es- trus?” by Miller, Tiber and Jordan, the authors focus on how a lap dancer’s ovulatory cycle can affect her economically, more specifically the impact it has on her tip earn- ings. With this research the article tries to disprove the claim that estrus (a phase during the ovulatory cycle in which women are more fertile and considered to be more attract- ive) was “lost” during human evolution by showing a positive correlation between tip earnings and fertility. Similar to this article, “Women’s preferences for male behavioral displays change across the menstrual cycle,” by Gangestad, Simpson, Cousins, Garner-Apgar and Christensen also focus on a woman’s ovulatory cycle but instead analyze how it affects a woman’s preference toward men and male behavioral tactics. Unlike the authors of the prior article, the researchers of this paper argue that relative to low-fertility days, women during ovulation women prefer displays of social presence and direct intrasexual competitiveness when considering a short-term mate but not in long- term mates. Even though the first article focuses on how a woman’s ovulatory cycle can affect her economically, while the latter primarily emphasizes how it influences a wo- man’s choices towards mates, both articles highlight that fertility is the driving force that affects the relationship between males and females. With the research produced from these studies, marketers for cosmetic companies could use these findings by advert- ising products that give a woman the appearance of being fertile without being in the es-
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trus phase, to attract customers who desire augmented attractiveness toward men and can also be beneficial to nonprofit organizations who want to increase the donations from ovulating women. The first article analyzes the differences in tip earnings caused by a lap dancer’s ovulatory cycle. Using 18 test subjects (lap dancers), the researchers collected data concerning the lap dancers’ personal characteristics, physical qualities and work related topics, such as personality, appearance, contraception, menstrual cycle and tip earn- ings per shift. The data were then collected through questionairs the women had to fill
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