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Both can choose short-term or long-term sex strategies.
Paradoxically, both men and women are also programmed to mate for life.
Men, she says, already know that they need to appear fit and socially powerful to attract a mate. "Men are looking for youth and beauty in the short term -- women really do know this," Fisher says. It is remarkable how the makeup and clothing industry constantly plays on this.
Makeup makes the face clearer, the eyes bigger, the lips more baby-like red, the hair the sweet light color of youth.
Women want to know their potential partners significantly longer before sex.
Yet another difference points to the origin of the dumb-blonde stereotype: The minds of men.
Both sexes always know these things." People built their hopes and dreams on relationships, not mating strategies."If you honor fidelity as important to you and your relationship, it is a matter of your own integrity to honor that."And, as the Catholics say, there is the issue of avoiding proximate occasions of sin. When people tell me they are having an affair, they think the most dangerous part is getting caught.Men prefer women who are intelligent, too, but not as much." These differences really shouldn't surprise anybody, says Helen E.Fisher, Ph D, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N. Fisher is the author of First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World and Anatomy of Love: The Mysteries of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray, among other works. Men and women are very different creatures," Fisher tells Web MD.
"Human beings' sexual behavior has an awful lot to do with our ability to think and imagine," Williams says.