What Women Want-What Men Want: Why the Sexes Still See Love and Commitment So Differently / Edition 1

What Women Want-What Men Want: Why the Sexes Still See Love and Commitment So Differently / Edition 1

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by John Marshall Townsend
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195131037

ISBN-13: 9780195131031

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Following the work of E. O. Wilson, Desmond Morris, and David Buss, What Women Want—What Men Want offers compelling new evidence about the real reasons behind men's and women's differing sexual psychologies and sheds new light on what men and women look for in a mate, the predicament of marriage in the modern world, the relation between sex and emotion, and

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Following the work of E. O. Wilson, Desmond Morris, and David Buss, What Women Want—What Men Want offers compelling new evidence about the real reasons behind men's and women's differing sexual psychologies and sheds new light on what men and women look for in a mate, the predicament of marriage in the modern world, the relation between sex and emotion, and many other hotly debated questions.
Drawing upon 2000 questionnaires and 200 intimate interviews that show how our sexual psychologies affect everyday decisions, John Townsend argues against the prevailing ideologically correct belief that differences in sexual behavior are "culturally constructed." Townsend shows there are deep-seated desires inherited from our evolutionary past that guide our actions. In a fascinating series of experiments, men and women were asked to indicate preferences for potential mates based on their attractiveness and apparent economic status. Women overwhelmingly preferred expensively dressed men to more attractive but apparently less successful men, and men were clearly inclined to choose more attractive women regardless of their professional status. Townsend's studies also indicate that men are predisposed to value casual sex, whereas women cannot easily separate sexual relations from the need for emotional attachment and economic security. Indeed, wherever men possess sexual alternatives to marriage, and women possess economic alternatives, divorce rates will be high. In the concluding chapter, Townsend draws upon the advice of couples who have maintained their marriages over the years to suggest ways to survive our evolutionary predicament.
Lucidly and accessibly written, What Women Want—What Men Want shows us why we are the way we are and brings new clarity to one of the most intractable debates of our time.

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ISBN-13:
9780195131031
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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What Women Want-What Men Want: Why the Sexes Still See Love and Commitment So Differently 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most comprehensive book on human sexual behavior. It is written at a level that can be easily understood by most people. It should be required reading for everyone -- from high school and college students who are entering into the dating realm, to happily married couples who want a deeper understanding of their partners sexual psychology. This book provides individuals with a better understanding of the dynamics behind dating and why their partners act and desire the things they do. The people who have written negative reviews about this book are merely in denial about the realities of the human experience. This book provides valuable, validated information that is critical to understanding human behavior in both sexes. It allows the reader to understand and leverage information to make better informed decisions regarding lifestyle choice, mate selection, and relationship expectations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with many 'gender difference' books,the writers proceeds to explain their theory by applying once again that we are 'hard wired' to behave differently when it comes to sex and relationships. The writers is walking on thin ice when he makes several references to women and men as a group and overlooks the individual differences and cultural influences on behavior. Women want status and men want beauty,yet isn't this part of a social structure rather than a biological fixed order.Women are viewed as lower on the scale,always looking for a surviver of the fittest male to support and protect them,hence keeping women in a sort of legitimized bonage to male superiority supposedly in survival tactics and agression. The male arises to the top,women are merely there to be attractive and to snare the most wealthy and strong man.Women aren't interested in beauty because it doesn't offer them protection and support - might I have missed the gene pool somewhere along the way .