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Female choices : sexual behavior of female primates

Author: Meredith F Small
Publisher: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st print. Cornell paperbacksView all editions and formats
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"The battle of the sexes can be explained at its deepest level, writes Meredith Small, as a war of different mating strategies. In her intriguing and provocative book about females and sex, Small concentrates on primates - the prosimians, monkeys, and apes, whose ancestry we share - to show how females have evolved to be highly sexual creatures. Using nonhuman female primates as a gauge, she describes the sexual and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meredith F Small
ISBN: 0801483050 9780801483059
OCLC Number: 44437356
Description: xi, 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Biological Warfare --
2. Primate Cousins: Looking into the Mirror --
3. Enjoy Being a Primate Girl: The Life History of a Female Primate --
4. Female Choice: The Theory of Mating --
5. Females Just Wanna Have Fun: Patterns of Sexual Behavior in Female Primates --
6. Female Choice and Primates --
7. Human Female Sexuality and Mate Choice.
Responsibility: Meredith F. Small ; drawings by Andrea S. Perkins.

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"The battle of the sexes can be explained at its deepest level, writes Meredith Small, as a war of different mating strategies. In her intriguing and provocative book about females and sex, Small concentrates on primates - the prosimians, monkeys, and apes, whose ancestry we share - to show how females have evolved to be highly sexual creatures. Using nonhuman female primates as a gauge, she describes the sexual and reproductive strategies of our nearest cousins to demonstrate that just as males are strategists in the reproductive game, females also search for good partners, enjoy sex, and keep their own reproductive interests in mind." "Female Choices opens with the evolution of sexual reproduction and of males and females as distinct forms. Small then introduces primates and gives a detailed history of the average female's life cycle. After devoting chapters to sexuality, reproduction, and sexual selection theory - the theory behind female mate choice - she discusses what female primates actually do. Drawing on her own firsthand observation of nonhuman primates, she shows that some are highly "promiscuous," others prefer several unfamiliar males, and some apparently make no choices at all. The behavior of the undiscriminating females often affects the evolution of relationships between the sexes and can influence the social structure of a species. In a final chapter on human behavior, Small maintains that the human pair-bond is a tenuous compromise made by the two sexes to bring up highly dependent infants. But, she writes, because both sexes also have a "natural" tendency to seek out other partners, that bond is always at risk." "Small insists that female choice is not necessarily sexual selection, but is nonetheless important to female fitness. Sure to provoke controversy, her book will add a new twist to an exciting field of research while offering significant clues as to the origins of our own sexuality."--BOOK JACKET.
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"[Female Choices] deserves the wide audience it will no doubt enjoy. In it the author first summarizes the latest findings on the sexuality of female primates, giving special emphasis to their Read more...

 
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