Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Eating their cake and having it too: Or, how women maximize reproductive success by simultaneous mating and dating

Gwen J. Broude a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0152


Data support the claim from the target article that women, both cross-culturally and historically, have employed a variety of mating strategies, marrying but also engaging in short-term unions. But those strategies appear to be practiced simultaneously and not conditionally as Gangestad & Simpson propose, a finding consistent with assumed constraints on the potential reproductive success of females.