What distinguishes women with unusually high numbers of sex partners?

Sarah M. Mikach, J. Michael Bailey*

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Abstract

We recruited two groups of women who differed in their number of lifetime sex partners in order to investigate several hypotheses related to female sociosexuality. Specifically, we explored whether women who engage in casual sex have low mate value, are especially likely to have come from stressful family environments, or are masculine in other respects besides their interest in casual sex. Women with many partners were not lower than other women on direct or indirect indicators of mate value. Nor were they more likely to recall adverse family environments during childhood. On several measures related to masculinity, women with many sex partners were elevated compared with other women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1999

Keywords

  • Casual sex
  • Female reproductive strategy
  • Sociosexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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