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%).


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