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New Sex Roles

Men and women make think similarly about sex: “New data is undermining the evidence that has long been proposed to support the eager males—choosy females paradigm.”

“For more than three decades evolutionary psychologists have advanced a simple theory of human sexuality: because men invest less reproductive effort in sperm than women do in eggs, men’s and women’s brains have been shaped differently by evolution. As a result, men are eager for sex whereas women are relatively choosy. But a steady stream of recent evidence suggests this paradigm could be in need of a makeover. ‘The science is now getting to a point where there is good data to question some of the assumptions of evolutionary psychology,’ says social psychologist Wendy Wood of the University of Southern California.”


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