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
     
 

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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Product Details

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)

Meet the Author

John Townsend is Associate Professor of Anthropology, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He is the author of Cultural Conceptions and Mental Illness and lives in Syracuse, New York, with his family.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Attractiveness, Sexuality, and Choosing Mates1
1Women's and Men's Sexualities: Differences in Arousal, Goals, and Selectivity11
2Emotional Alarms: The Link Between Sex and Love37
3What Do Women Want? Women's Perceptions of Sexual Attractiveness61
4Choosing Partners for Marriage: Male Status and Female Competition83
5What Do Men Want?: Men's Criteria for Choosing Partners103
6The Dating-Mating Market: The Man Shortage and Marriage Squeeze121
7Romance, Male Dominance, and the Quest for Investment145
8What Men and Women Want in Marriage165
9Who Does the Diapers and the Dishes? The Domestic Division of Labor187
10Are Men and Women Alike Around the Globe?: Sex in China and Somoa209
Conclusion: Coping with Sex Differences and Cultural Change233
Notes251
References271
Index283

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