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The Resource What women want--what men want : why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently, John Marshall Townsend

What women want--what men want : why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently, John Marshall Townsend

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What women want--what men want : why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently
Title
What women want--what men want
Title remainder
why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently
Statement of responsibility
John Marshall Townsend
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
John Townsend draws on 2000 questionnaires and 200 intimate interviews that show how our sexual psychologies affect everyday decisions. Townsend argues against the ideologically correct belief that differences in sexual behavior are "culturally constructed." He 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 are 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Townsend, John Marshall
Dewey number
155.3/3
Index
index present
LC call number
BF692.2
LC item number
.T69 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex differences (Psychology)
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Men
  • Men
  • Women
  • Women
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Men
  • Men
  • Sex differences (Psychology)
  • Women
  • Women
Label
What women want--what men want : why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently, John Marshall Townsend
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: attractiveness, sexuality, and choosing mates -- Women's and men's sexualities: differences in arousal, goals, and selectivity -- Emotional alarms: the link between sex and love -- What do women want? women's perceptions of sexual attractiveness -- Choosing partners for marriage: male status and female competition -- What do men want? men's criteria for choosing partners -- The dating-mating market: the man shortage and marriage squeeze -- Romance, male dominance and the quest for investment -- What men and women want in marriage -- Who does the diapers and the dishes? the domestic division of labor -- Are men and women alike around the globe? sex in China and Samoa -- Conclusion: coping with sex differences and cultural change
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 287 pages
Isbn
9780195114881
Lccn
97043547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)37902370
  • (OCoLC)ocm37902370
  • 379822
Label
What women want--what men want : why the sexes still see love and commitment so differently, John Marshall Townsend
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: attractiveness, sexuality, and choosing mates -- Women's and men's sexualities: differences in arousal, goals, and selectivity -- Emotional alarms: the link between sex and love -- What do women want? women's perceptions of sexual attractiveness -- Choosing partners for marriage: male status and female competition -- What do men want? men's criteria for choosing partners -- The dating-mating market: the man shortage and marriage squeeze -- Romance, male dominance and the quest for investment -- What men and women want in marriage -- Who does the diapers and the dishes? the domestic division of labor -- Are men and women alike around the globe? sex in China and Samoa -- Conclusion: coping with sex differences and cultural change
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 287 pages
Isbn
9780195114881
Lccn
97043547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)37902370
  • (OCoLC)ocm37902370
  • 379822

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