Essay about Evolution Of Human Mating Behavior

1645 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Human mating is observed in almost every culture, leading us to the diverse world we live in today. This signifies our existence and should be important to us. To better understand this behavior, we can take a look at different explanations which shape human mating behavior. Researching this topic we can find evolutionary perspectives, which delve into topics, such as parental investment, survival, and sexual selection. There is also an opposition to these evolutionary ideas which suggest that evolution may not have to do much with our mating behavior, but is influenced but social norms and libidinous desires. This paper will try to look into these ideas and try to find a conclusive winner, or maybe we will find out that these theories all merge together to become an all inclusive idea of its own.
Gangestead and Simpson in their paper start by introducing evolutionary ideas and how they will correlate human mating behavior. Thus, I find it a good idea to list these evolutionary concepts and an explanation of these theories. The first one is called sexual selection, which essentially states that species have developed certain tastes and characteristics when choosing a mate in the opposite gender. Sexual selection theory focuses on two aspects of these characteristics, first, is competition between same sex individuals over a specific mate. An example of this would be if Jack and Sam both like Mary, but Mary can only be in a relationship with one of them. Thus, Jack and Sam…

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