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The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

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The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on ...

Maleness and Femaleness
Maleness and femaleness

Perhaps the most fundamental dimension along which we classify ourselves and our mates is that of maleness-femaleness. Biological sex refers to whether a person possesses male or female chromosomes (XY or XX) and secondary sex characteristics (e.g., penis and testes or vagina and ovaries). Psychological gender or sex role orientation refers to whether a person possesses traits or characteristics that are believed to be associated with, and that are considered socially appropriate for, each biological sex. Maleness-femaleness is a powerful individual difference variable that influences many aspects of a person's relational world.

Biological Sex

We have seen in earlier chapters that men and women often exhibit similar sexual ...

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