Sexual Selection Psychology

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Discuss how evolutionary psychology might explain human sexual selection. Sexual mate preferences have gone from a form of randomness and has evolved into a process of components between male and females. Sexual selection is driven by many different levels of investment between males and females with both providing very different levels of investment across the cultures (Buss, 1995). Typically in mammals males typical invest less than that of the female with many mammals only protecting the female until birth and only providing resources and food for the child to a set age usually young. Despite that in humans it has been found that the level of investment can vary with both the male and female providing different levels of investment but…show more content…
In evolutionary terms a male can reproduce and almost infinite amount of times when compared to a female who can only reproduce every 9 months minimum (Buss, 1995). In evolutionary terms a male is also looking to reproduce to pass on his genetic legacy in his offspring. As mentioned humans have evolved to a level where most of the recessive genes have not been passed on and that there are now clear characteristics that males seek when looking for a healthy partner. Due to the nature of western society it is frowned upon for a male to have multiple sexual partners due to the level of investment that can actually be provided. That means that although in evolutionary terms a male is able to reproduce at a far higher rate that females in humans they are more likely to settle on one sexual partner, in accordance with the fact that the males resources will be limited and stretched thin over a long period of time, it would not be possible to rear multiple offspring with different sexual partners. Studies have found that in humans males link young youthful good lucks with fertility; this is because a clear complexion, health teeth and a young athletic build equals good health in humans and means the person is less likely to catch disease and illnesses and more likely to be fertile and produce a healthier offspring (Buss, 1995). This is important in sexual selection because of the level of investment that a male…show more content…
Due to the sudden change in society people are forced to follow a new set of evolutionary guidelines that otherwise would contradict Darwinism. Many theories such as the alloparenting hypothesis and the kin selection hypothesis help support and explain the choices that many people now choose when seeking sexual partners; interestingly it is clear that there is a new link between the evolutionary reasoning to seeking a partner and the new ways in which people adapt to society. Males have now reported to be happier settling down with one partner whilst they are still evolutionarily built to reproduce (Kuhle, 2013). Females have also changed in the way that they seek partners; whilst the level of aggression in competition is still relatively low compared to males women now compete amongst themselves so not only look physically more attractive but to be intellectually superior (Campbell, 2004). Clearly as society progresses it is likely to take a more active influence in the way that people choose sexual
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