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Mate Selection Theories
An examination of four different mate selection theories.
# 52910 | 1,767 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 26, 2004 in Sociology (Theory) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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To describe men and women's differential preferences in mate selection, this paper uses the following theories: 1) sexual selection theory; 2) parental investment theory; 3) social learning theory; and 4) sexual strategies theory. All of these theories have been used to explain why men and women have differential preferences in mate selections.

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"In the evolutionary approach, biological fitness is defined as reproductive success. Therefore, understanding particular behavioral sex differences is of great interest to evolutionists. Reproduction is central to the evolutionary process and no domain is closer to reproduction than sexuality. Darwin (58) adopted phrase "survival of the fittest" to summarize the process of natural selection, but this choice was unfortunate. Survival is certainly critical. Many adaptations of organisms exist because they successfully overcame the forces that impeded survival, such examples are parasites, diseases, food shortages, predators, and extremes of climate and weather."

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