Theories and empirical findings of human mating are addressed in this article. Because of differential parental investment, men generally prefer short-term mating and women generally prefer long-term mating, and therefore must negotiate between their differential ideals. Booty-calls, friends-with-benefits, and consensual nonmonogamy are presented as compromises between male and female relationship type ideals. Sexual conflict in the form of infidelity, jealousy, sexual harassment, and rape occur when there is a break-down in negotiations. The adaptive reasons behind these behaviors and preferences are explored.
Evolutionary psychology, Hybrid relationships, Long-term mating, Mating, Monogamy, Physical attractiveness, Polygamy, Rape, Romantic relationships, Sex differences, Sexual conflict, Sexual harassment, Short-term mating, Social status
Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
Ramachandran, V. S.
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Jonason, Peter K., Katherine A. Valentine and Norman P. Li. 2012. "Human Mating." In Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, edited by V. S. RamaCHANdran, 371-377. Amsterdam: Elsevier.