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    If Women Want Their Promiscuity To Be Accepted, They Have To Earn More Money, Say Evolutionary Psychologists
    By News Staff | June 26th 2014 11:36 PM | 5 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Promiscuity means different things in different cultures, a one-size-fits-all approach rarely fits anyone, which is why western protesters do so poorly telling Africans how they need to change their behavioral ways. 

    And in western society, female promiscuity is frowned on more than the male kind. Even in different countries it has different perceptions. The British show "Coupling" was hilarious to both Americans and British people but when a US network made an American version, it was a huge flop, even though it was taken almost verbatim from the British. The reason is because American audiences thought promiscuous British women were funny, but not American ones.

    Psychologists say they can close that promiscuity gap - women just need to make more money. 

    Psychology is overwhelmingly dominated by women so it always seems odd that they go out of their way to set women back, but a new paper speculates that if women are less economically dependent on men, they can be more promiscuous without getting a bad reputation.


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    They used U.S. economic and census data and then surveyed over 5,000 people about their views on promiscuity and the extent to which they knew women who depend financially on men.  They matched income data in U.S. states to attitudes toward promiscuity and found higher incomes had a more relaxed attitude.

    They also found that people who know more economically-dependent women tend to be more opposed to promiscuity. They controlled for influences on sexual morality, like religion. They found that attitudes towards promiscuity in those wealthier states, like New York and California, were specifically related to female income rather than male income.


    Cartograms of state mean scores for a perceived female economic dependence and b wrongness of promiscuity, showing quartile ranges, with state areas scaled to represent the number of participants (N) for each state. For state-level analyses, all tests were weighted by state N, so state areas represent each state’s relative influence in these analyses.

    Lead researcher and Deputy Head of Psychology at Brunel University Dr. Michael Price says the findings have implications for how people in different cultures judge the sexual behavior of others. “In regions where women earn less, people may be more hostile towards practices such as open marriage, and more likely to think that promiscuous people deserve any hardships that befall them.” 

    Price explains the results in terms of evolutionary psychology. “When women and children depend more on men, it becomes more important for people to know who a child’s father is, and promiscuity makes this harder to know.”

    Citation: Michael E. Price , Nicholas Pound, Isabel M. Scott, 'Female Economic Dependence and the Morality of Promiscuity', Archives of Sexual Behavior June 25 2014 DOI: 10.1007/s10508-014-0320-4

    Comments

    Women with promiscuously-inclined mates don't have to worry about their kids not being theirs.

    Most men don't mind a slut, if fun is all those guys are after. But their instincts strongly advise them, and correctly so, against marrying one.

    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    Women with promiscuously-inclined mates don't have to worry about their kids not being theirs.
    No they just have to worry about the high risk of becoming single mothers trying to raise their promiscuous mates' children after being left divorced and/or developing cervical cancer and other STDs. BTW I couldn't help wondering what word descibes the male equivalent of a slut if there is one and if not why not?
    My article about researchers identifying a potential blue green algae cause & L-Serine treatment for Lou Gehrig's ALS, MND, Parkinsons & Alzheimers is at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine
    Nury Vittachi
    Good point on the word "slut", Helen.
    I asked my friends about this once. The older ones came up with a biggish list of names for a man who behaves in a promiscuous manner:

    roué
    cad
    bounder
    womanizer
    philanderer 

    Playboy was one, and so was "swordsman" which I thought was rather amusing.

    My younger friends also had some terms, like manslut and manwhore and manbitch, which I thought were interesting, as they caught the negative associations of the female terms.

    One thing is odd. The article above seems to portray promiscuity as a positive thing -- the article takes a "here's how women can be as promiscuous as men" tone.

    Yet all my friends (and we're a pretty badly behaved lot) saw promiscuity as a bad, sad thing. I hope that hasn't changed in society. 

    I miss old values.
    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    Yes Nury it is an interesting subject especially as 1/3 of children DNA tested in several large scientific studies are not the genetic offspring of the man who thinks he is their father ;)
    My article about researchers identifying a potential blue green algae cause & L-Serine treatment for Lou Gehrig's ALS, MND, Parkinsons & Alzheimers is at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine
    Nury Vittachi
    Shocking -- one third of children aren't really from their fathers?! I gotta have my three children tested. Wait. They're all adopted. 
    An unexpected advantage of being an adoptive parent!

    I have friends and rellies in Australia so will definitely check out your study on drinking water