Disclaimer: The author of the original blogpost wants it to be clear that the research was not originally intended to refer to human behaviour.
I however, find it highly interesting from every perspective.
In 2005, Dr. Donald Dewsbury introduced the Darwin-Bateman paradigm.
I introduce the term “Darwin-Bateman Paradigm” to include several proposals stemming from the writings of Charles Darwin and A. J. Bateman, including the notions that (a) male reproductive success is more variable than that of females, (b) males gain more in reproductive success from repeated matings than do females, and (c) males are generally eager to mate and relatively indiscriminate whereas females are more discriminating and less eager1.
In other words, Dewsbury proposes that male reproductive success is dependent on their ability to father as many offspring as possible. Since the best way to do this is to impregnate multiple females, males tend to be more sexually promiscuous whereas females, whose reproductive success is not impacted by number of partners but rather quality and who tend to invest more energy into offspring production and rearing, may be more discerning…
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