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Virginity in Mate Selection

David M. Buss

When I first started studying evolution-based hypotheses about sex differences in mate preferences, I discovered a research instrument that had been developed by sociologists in the 1930s. Happily, it contained four questions that corresponded well (or so I thought) to several key hypotheses I wanted to test about evolved preferences in choosing a long-term committed mate. One centered on the importance of resources, hypothesized to be more important to women. The relevant item was “good financial prospect.” Two others centered on hypothesized cues to fertility—young age and physical appearance—hypothesized to be more important to men than women in mate selection. The instrument contained the item “good looks,” a reasonable proxy for ...

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