Theories and empirical findings of relationship and mate selection are covered in this article. When selecting long-term mates, men and women are equally choosy and desire many of the same traits in a partner. However, across the globe, men place a higher value on physical attractiveness and women place a higher value on social status and resources. For short-term mates, both sexes tend to especially value physical attractiveness. The adaptive reasons underlying these preferences, including how they change across women's menstrual cycle, are explained.
Human mate selection
Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
Ramachandran, V. S.
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Valentine, Katherine A. and Norman P. Li. 2012. "Mate Selection." In Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, edited by V. S. RamaChandran, 2nd ed., 564-570. Amsterdam: Elsevier.