Skin color preference, sexual dimorphism and sexual selection: a case of gene culture co-evolution?

Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol/Iss. 9 Published In Pages: 87-113
By van den Berghe, Pierre L., Frost, Peter


This study focuses on cultural preferences for skin pigmentation. Findings indicate a general preference for lighter pigmentation in women. Cultural and biological theories are offered, and the authors suggest the skin-pigmentation preference is an instance of gene-culture coevolution. Areas for further research to explain the relationship of this finding with other features of society are suggested.

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