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 broude@vassar.edu

Abstract

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.



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