Sexual Selection Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Sexual Selection
A look at the evolution of sexual dynamics and mating rituals of human beings.
# 118471 | 1,570 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses how the sexual dynamics and mating rituals of human beings is something that has fascinated social scientists for centuries. It looks at how in the early ages of man, women, as the physically weaker sex, looked for men who were good hunters and thus good providers. In comparison, the paper examines how even today, as the biological caretakers, women try to find the best possible partner to father their children and how for many women, this decision must be financial. While all people look to several factors when choosing a mate, the primary factor for women throughout the world is still primarily economic.

From the Paper:

"In the modern era social psychologists have taken Darwin's theory of sexual selection as a means to judge how women choose mates in modern society. According to prominent social psychologists like David Buss, we can look at certain characteristics to see what type of men women will choose as the best potential mate. Many of these standards are worldwide, with even primitive tribes following the same tenets. The most important factor, according to Buss, was either the promise of wealth or actualized wealth. There are several reasons behind this theory. First, there is a definitive division of labor after birth, even among high-status women; modern society has given a new status to men who have "stay at home" wives; and finally women live longer so it is likely that the will need financial provision after the spouse's death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Batten, Mary. Sexual Strategies: How Females Choose Their Mates. New York: Putnam Books, 1994.
  • Buss, David M. The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. New York: Basic Books, 2003.
  • DeCarlo, Scott. "CEO Compensation". Forbes Magazine. April 21, 2006. pp.123-131.

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