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

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INTRODUCTION
1.
The methods of the interviews with medical students and highly sexually active college students are described in Townsend ( 1987, 1995) and Townsend et al. ( 1995). These interviews were coded and inter-rater reliability coefficients were computed ( Cohen, 1960; Kvalseth, 1989). Along with various research assistants, I analyzed the open-ended interviews that were conducted with people in the community; inter-rater reliability coefficients were not computed for those interviews. Their use is purely illustrative.
2.
See Townsend ( 1989, 1993, 1995, 1997); Townsend and Levy ( 1990a, 1990b); Townsend and Roberts ( 1993); Townsend et al. ( 1995).
3.
On the argument that unequal resources and power produce sex differences in sexuality and mate selection, see the following: Wiederman and Allgeier ( 1992); Townsend ( 1987, 1989); Townsend and Roberts ( 1993); Kenrick and Keefe ( 1992); and Buss and Barnes ( 1986).
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On eating disorders and standards for thinness in women, see Rodin et al. ( 1984); Mazur ( 1986); Rothenburg ( 1990).
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Evolutionary psychologists accept that psychological and cultural factors affect sexual behavior and mate preferences, but they propose that the human brain contains elaborate programming that makes some behaviors easier to learn and more rewarding than others. They also believe that the evidence overwhelmingly supports the view that male and female brains are "programmed" differently--especially in those perceptual and emotional mechanisms that mediate sexual behavior and attraction. See Barkow et al. ( 1992); Tooby and Cosmides

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