Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Ethnography, cultural context, and assessments of reproductive success matter when discussing human mating strategies

Agustin Fuentes a1
a1 Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611


The target article effectively assesses multiple hypotheses for human sexuality, demonstrating support for a complex, integrated perspective. However, care must be taken when extrapolating human universal patterns from specific cultural subsets without appropriate ethnographic contexts. Although it makes a strong contribution to the investigation of human sexuality, the basal reliance on a reductionist perspective constrains the full efficacy of this research.