Effects of male power and status on polygyny, extramarital sex, and parental investment
The Human Voyage: Undergraduate Research in Biological Anthropology • Vol/Iss. 2 • Australian National University Press • • Published In • Pages: 1-7 •
By Raj, Vrishica
In societies where males exhibit greater power and status than females, males will partake in extramarital sexual activities and be in polygynous relationships.
Male-dominant societies were three times more likely to have polygyny and demonstrate a preference for polygyny, regardless of high or low male status, than equal-sex societies. Furthermore, 64% of male-dominant societies have a high frequency of extramarital sex whereas a moderate frequency of extramarital sex was higher in equal-sex societies (81%) than those that were male-dominant (76%).
|Variable Name||Variable Type||OCM Term(s)|
|Male Dominance||Independent||Social Stratification, Gender Status|
|Cultural Basis of Polygyny||Dependent||Polygamy|
|Frequency of Male Extramarital Sex||Dependent||Extramarital Sex Relations|