How men and women perceive the world differently

For most of our evolutionary history as Homo sapiens, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Men were predominantly hunters while women were predominantly gatherers. If men and women had these different roles, it makes sense that their bodies have evolved differently, and therefore, look different. Men’s bodies are adapted more for hunting while women’s bodies are adapted more …

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Women who fall in love with poor men

While selecting potential mates, men and women give importance to three main factors- looks, personality, and resources that a potential partner has or is capable of acquiring. Looks are important because good looks mean that the person is carrying healthy genes and hence the offspring produced are likely to be good looking too. This provides …

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What sexual fantasies reveal about the mind

Our fantasies reveal our deepest desires- desires that are unbridled from any outside scrutiny or judgment. Therefore, our fantasies can provide a window into the propensities of our minds. This is true for all fantasies including erotic fantasies. What men and women fantasize about when it comes to sex reveal how their minds have been …

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Psychology of honour killings

This article explores the psychology of honour killings- killings in which a family kills one of their own for bringing ‘shame’ and ‘dishonour’ to the family. Mostly, it’s the young women (with 23 being the worldwide average age) who’re the victims of honour killings and this practice, though more common in some cultures compared to …

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Why female sexuality tends to be suppressed

To understand why female sexuality is suppressed in many cultures, we first need to understand what’s so special about female sexuality that it ends up being suppressed almost everywhere and not male sexuality. It all starts with the fact that evolution has rendered female sexuality more valuable than male sexuality, not just in humans but …

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Do parents prefer sons or daughters?

Before we tackle the question of why parents prefer sons over daughters, let’s review some fundamental concepts of evolutionary biology and psychology. You need to have an understanding of these concepts before proceeding and if you’re already familiar with them, a nice little review won’t hurt. Reproductive potential It is the number of children an …

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