Posted by: charlmc | January 17, 2016

Women’s Sexual Strategies: The Evolution of Long-Term Bonds and Extrapair Sex

I found this very interesting paper, published by two UCLA researchers in 2006 for the Annual Review of Sex Research, analyzing why women have affairs.  While I don’t think this applies to leadership in the slightest, it is a piece of academic work that applies to women, and includes a section on evolutionary psychology, a field I find particularly intriguing.  It argues that women in affairs are seeking to maximize two evolutionary drives:  finding mates with good genes for coupling, and finding mates who can help rear children for dual mating (relationships such as marriage).

The link to the article is included below.

http://pillse.bol.ucla.edu/Publications/Pillsworth&Haselton_ARSR.pdf

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