Sexual Strategies Theory


Strategies are the means people use to achieve goals. If the goal is to obtain food, for example, one strategy might be to hunt, another strategy to gather, and a third strategy to scavenge. Sexual strategies are the means people use to achieve sexual or mating goals. Humans have evolved a menu of sexual strategies that includes, at a minimum, short-term and long-term mating. The sexes differ sharply in the adaptive problems they must solve to carry out each strategy successfully and so have evolved profoundly different sexual psycholoGies. Nonetheless, they share a universal emotion of love, which unites their reproductive interests in mutually produced children and reveals a feature of human sexual strategies that they profoundly share.

Critical Variables

The sexual strategies theory begins with ...

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