Why do women cheat? | Summary and Q&A

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May 6, 2022
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Why do women cheat?

TL;DR

Women's mate preferences are influenced by both physical attractiveness and cues to good genes in the short term, but the traditional explanation may not completely capture women's behavior in affairs.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What do women want in terms of physical appearance for short-term mating?

Physical attractiveness is important to women in short-term mating, including features like symmetrical and masculine traits such as a strong jawline and high shoulder to hip ratio.

Q: What is the traditional explanation for women's mate preferences?

The traditional explanation is that women seek cues to good genes in the short term and cues to resources in the long term, using markers like symmetrical features and masculine traits to assess genetic quality.

Q: Why do women have affairs if they're just trying to get good genes?

Research shows that when women have affairs, a large majority of them (70% or more) tend to fall in love with or become attached to their affair partner. This challenges the idea that women's affairs are solely about obtaining good genes.

Q: What is the mate switching hypothesis?

The mate switching hypothesis suggests that affairs are a way for women to divest themselves of a partner with whom things aren't working out well. It allows them to transition back into the mating market or trade up for a better partner.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Women are attracted to physical appearance, including cues of physical attractiveness and health, for short-term mating.

  • Traditional evolutionary psychology suggests that women seek cues to good genes in the short term and cues to resources in the long term.

  • However, new findings challenge this explanation, particularly when it comes to women's behavior in affairs.

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