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← Why Women Are Bound to Religion: An Evolutionary Perspective

SteveN's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by SteveN

The potential benefits (in evolutionary terms, that is) for a secretly philandering man appear obvious: more offspring to carry on the genes. The benefit for a philandering woman seem less obvious to me. There may be a benefit in having her own genes combining with genes from a variety of different fathers rather than just one, but the risks if discovered seem comparatively high (i.e. loss of support from the chosen mate). I don't know what the statistics are concerning the rates of 'sleeping around' for married (or mated) men and women in different societies, but I don't have the impression that women are particularly 'programmed' to be faithful. Am I missing something obvious here?

SteveN

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 03:38:00 UTC | #325952