Dating in the whole world
“Nevertheless, the same sexual strategies used by our ancestors operate today with unbridled force,” as the psychologist David Buss put it in (2003).
“Our evolved psychology of mating, after all, plays out in the modern world because it is the only mating psychology we mortals possess.” (There’s little historical or intercultural research on LGBT mate preferences; such questions are clearly important, but sadly there isn’t yet sufficient data to examine them properly.)However, there has been a tectonic shift in gender roles over the past 50 years.
Of course, sexism varies within each society, and a nation’s overall level of gender-equality doesn’t necessarily translate to gender-equal attitudes among individuals.
But gender equality isn’t considered to be one of these factors, since even in relatively gender-equal societies, the gap between men and women’s preferences is only reduced, not eliminated.
However, the counter-punch is that evidence of a lingering gap actually supports case: the difference is only narrowed to the extent that gender equality is attained.
As recently as the 1980s, female flight attendants in the United States could be fired if they got married, and women’s right to vote wasn’t universally enforced in Switzerland until 1990.
Wouldn’t we expect these changing relationship mores to make a dent in the mating preferences of straight men and women?
Josh, meanwhile, had been dreaming of a cashed-up woman with high ambitions, status, and education, ideally with a Ph D (or two). It was the norm, after all, for men to be the ones to “marry up”.