Dating in the whole world

If genes determine our mating preferences, how is it that these supposedly hardwired instincts erode in line with societies’ and individual’s gender-egalitarianism?To be fair, evolutionary psychologists acknowledge that cultural factors and local customs can affect how people choose their partners.But if mating preferences are biologically predetermined, individual sexism shouldn’t have an impact.

One interpretation is that the husbands felt under pressure to exhibit their virility, because they couldn’t claim the role of “provider”; another view was that the loss of breadwinner status somehow led to impotence.As recently as the 1980s, female flight attendants in the United States could be fired if they got married, and women’s right to vote wasn’t universally enforced in Switzerland until 1990.Wouldn’t we expect these changing relationship mores to make a dent in the mating preferences of straight men and women?The trend is directly tied to increasing gender equality, as women gain greater access to resources and opportunities in business, politics, and education.In more gender-unequal nations, such as Turkey, women rate the earning potential of partners as as important compared with women in the most gender-equal nations, such as Finland.

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