Chapter 9

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Sexual Attractiveness - <br />Evolutionary Mating Perspectives

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Today, adolescents and young adults have their own form of casual sex, commonly called hooking up or "friends with benefits." These types of casual sex, analogous to the "one-night stands" of prior generations, describe sexual interactions ranging from kissing to intercourse between two people who are not engaged in a romantic commitment.

Evolutionary biologists have hypothesized that men's short-term mating strategy is rooted in the desire for sexual variety. Men possess more desire than women for a variety of sexual partners and are more likely to seek short-term relationships than women. This behavior, from an evolutionary perspective, would maximize reproductive success. Furthermore, sociologist Kathleen Bogel noted that compared to men, women were more likely to report a hope that their hookup would become a committed relationship.