SURVIVAL AND PASSING ON GENES
November 16th, 2016
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IN THE ANIMAL WORLD.
Males want to mate with as many females as possible, and the goal is being
able to fertilize the greatest number of eggs possible. Females are
much more selective, and as a result prefers to hook up with the best males
they can find to fertilize their eggs.
One end result is polygamy-the most common mating strategy in the animal
kingdom-in which males compete for access to a harem of breeding females.
Birds do it, bees do it and humans since the dawn of time have done it.
But just how much has the act really changed through the millennia and even
in past decades? Are humans doing it more? Are we doing it better? Sort of,
say scientists. But it's how people fess up to the truth about their sex lives
that has changed the most over the years.
Humans have basically been the same anatomically for about 100,000 years-
so what is safe to say is that if we enjoy it now, then so did our cavedwelling
ancestors and everyone else since, experts say.
Just as our bodies tell us what we might like to eat, or when we should go
to sleep, they lay down for us our pattern of lust," "Sex has always offered
Sexuality has a lot to do with our biological framework.
There is "no reason to think that we do more now than in the past, although
we are certainly more frank about it," Buss told Live Science.
Indeed, cultural restraints rather than anything anatomical have had the
biggest effect on our sexual history, Shorter says.
"To be sure, what people actually experience is always a mixture of
biological and social conditioning: Desire surges from the body, the mind
interprets what society will accept and will not, and the rest of the signals are
edited out by culture