bb2011 ANP220 15 Monogamy

bb2011 ANP220 15 Monogamy - Goals for today Are primate...

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1 Are primate females selected to be monogamous? ANP 220 meeting #15 Goals for today articles by Buss and Tavris evolution of desire: strategies of human mating mismeasure of women: the myth of the coy female female mating strategies the basic idea more recent (less biased) ideas modern synthesis Strategy (in behavior studies) set of behaviors in a functional context “solve problems” “decision rule” non-intentional evolved gene linked flexible (or fixed) ??? The evolution of desire: strategies of human mating David M. Buss
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Summary: Buss proceeds from sexual selection w/ selection favoring choosy females females identify & evaluate male cues social status, age, size & strength, good health, love & commitment contends that single spouse more beneficial than several temporary partners monogamy increases chances of male investment The mismeasure of women: the myth of the coy female Carol Tavris Summary: Tavris criticizes traditional notion of “sociobiology” leading to male polygyny and female monogamy sexual behavior among various animals & humans does not match expectations e.g., continuous receptivity & monogamy suggests that females may benefit from polyandrous mating genetic benefits (fertility backup, superior genes, genetic diversity), therapeutic benefits, keep’ em around, manipulation (paternity confusion) Controversy Higgamous hoggamous women are monogamous; hoggamous higgamous men are polygamous! aphorism attributed to William James; psychologist For mothers trying to make do under arduous conditions, one reliable father is a luxury, two men good insurance, three or more nearly a liability. from “The women that never evolved”
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ANP 220 taught by Professor Koenig during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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