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Roy F. Baumeister

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 17: Gender Differences in Motivation Shape SocialInteraction Patterns, Sexual Relationships, Social Inequality, and Cultural History

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Gender Differences in Motivation Shape SocialInteraction Patterns, Sexual Relationships, Social Inequality, and Cultural History
Gender Differences in Motivation Shape Social Interaction Patterns, SexualRelationships, Social Inequality, and Cultural History
Roy F. Baumeister
Introduction

Are women better than men? Though such questions have energized and politicized discussions ofgender differences, my conclusion is that men and women differ more in their motivations than theircapabilities. This chapter will cover work pertinent to gender differences in several prominentmotivations.

First, differences in sexual motivation are substantial and important. Men desire sex morefrequently, and possibly more strongly, than women. Moreover, female sexuality is more amenable tosocial, cultural, and situational influences than male sexuality. These differences contribute tocultural practices aimed at controlling sexuality and in mating marketplaces.

Second, although the need to belong is strong in both ...

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