Re: Male Parental Investment

Chris Malcolm (
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 15:10:09 GMT

In article <3ura0d$> (RossWilymz) writes:
>From: (Barbara Saunders)

>.Technical point: "monogamously-paired couple" does not necessarily
>.mean *sexually exclusive couples. Pair-bonding in living, forming
>.social interactions, etc., doesn't mean limiting *sex to that couple.

>Yes, indeed. I was amazed about this when I started reading anthro. But
>somehow my wife doesn't buy into the differentiation.

It's in the interest of a man's genes to have as many wives
exclusively bound to him as possible (unless you're very rich this is
usually one), and have sex with as many other women as
possible without getting thrown out or murdered.

It's in the interest of a woman's genes to have one long-term
monogamous relationship, and to have a long-term affair with a more
up-market man, such as your boss.

I'm sure if you're willing to let your wife's genes have their fling,
she'll be willing to let yours have theirs.

Chris Malcolm +44 (0)131 650 3085
Department of Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University
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