Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

9-2000

Abstract

Comments on the article by A. H. Eagly and W. Wood which examined the origins of sex differences in human behavior. Eagly and Wood argued that social structural theory can explain the origin of psychological sex differences. The present authors suggest that evolutionary models of sex differences are based on a much broader foundation that Eagly and Wood imply. They note that Eagly and Wood misconstrued previous age preference findings as supporting the "common knowledge" that men prefer younger women. Eagly and Wood also showed that as societies approach gender equality in resource access, some sex differences in mate preferences decrease; however, as the current authors note, evolved mechanisms are not environmentally insensitive.

Keywords

human mate selection, sex role attitudes, Social Structure; Sociocultural Factors, Theory of Evolution, Cross Cultural Differences, Human Sex Differences

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

American Psychologist

Volume

55

Issue

9

First Page

1060

Last Page

1061

ISSN

0003-066X

Identifier

10.1037/0003-066X.55.9.1060

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

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Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X.55.9.1060

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