Just to start off, perhaps you could just Orient us a little bit about mate choice, you know, some of the primary criteria that studies show men and women use in order to select mates, both. Shall we call them transient mates, as well as lifetime, mates, right?
Well, that's a critical distinction, because what people look for in a long-term committed mateship, like a marriage partner or a long-term. Antic relationship is different from what people look for in a hook-up or casual (expletive) or one-night stand or even a brief affair. So, so that's actually critical. Wonder if we could maybe just back up a second and just talk a little bit about the theoretical framework for understanding mate Choice. Sure. So it basically stems from Darwin's theory of sexual selection. And most people when they think about Evolution, they think about cliches like survival of the fittest or Nature red, in tooth and Claw and Darwin noticed that there were phenomena that couldn't be explained by this so-called survival selection, things like the brilliant plumage of peacocks. (expletive) differences like in, you know, Stags for example, have these massive antlers and the females of the species do not. And so, he came up with the theory of sexual selection, which deals not with the evolution of characteristics, due to their survival Advantage, but rather due to their mating And he identified two causal processes by which mating Advantage could occur. One is intrasexual competition with the stereotyping to Stags locking horns and combat with the Victor gaining sexual access to the female loser, ambling off with a broken antler and dejected and low self-esteem and needing Psychotherapy perhaps or mate, value Improvement therapy. And the logic was Whatever qualities led to success in the same (expletive) battles. Those qualities. Get passed on in greater numbers. And so you see Evolution which is change over time and increase in frequency of the characteristics associated with winning these, what Darwin called contest competition. And we know that the logic of that is more General. Now in a Voss things like in our species competing for position and Status hierarchies. So anyway, so intrasexual competition is one but the second most relevant. Your question about mate. Choice is preferential, mate choice. That was the second causal pathway. And the logic there is that if members of One (expletive) agree with one another, if there's some consensus about the qualities that are desired than those of the opposite. (expletive) who possess the desired qualities or embody those desired qualities. They have a mating Advantage. They get chosen, they get preferred, those lacking desired qualities, get banished shunned ignored or in the Modern of armed become in cells. And so the logic there is very simple but also very powerful and that is that whatever qualities are desired consensually desired. If there's some heritable basis to those, then those increase in frequency over time, and so and in the human case, these two causal processes of sexual selection are related to each other. In that the preferences of the mate, preferences of one (expletive), If we set the ground rules for competition in the opposite (expletive), so if for example hypothetically women preferred to mate with men who were able and willing to devote resources to them, then that would create competition on among men to claw their way, you know, and beat out, other men in resource acquisition and then displaying that their willingness to commit that to a particular woman. And same with women though, this one of the interesting things about In humans, is that we have mutual May Choice, which is not true in all species. So, and that is that it's not just a matter of, you know, you selecting someone to be your mate. They have to reciprocally select you. And so with, mutual mate, mate choice, we have both preferences May preferences that women have and mate preferences that men have and consequently competition among men for access to the most desirable women in, Competition among women for access to the most desirable man. So that's sort of a little bit of theoretical backdrop.