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Published: 22 April 1999

304 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195131031

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What Women Want--What Men Want

Why the Sexes Still See Love and Commitment So Differently

John Marshall Townsend

What Women Want--What Men Want offers compelling new evidence about the real reasons behind men's and women's differing sexual psychologies and sheds new light on what men and women look for in a mate, the predicament of marriage in the modern world, the relation between sex and emotion, and many other hotly debated questions.
John Townsend draws on 2000 questionnaires and extensive quotations from 200 intimate interviews to show how deep-seated desires and emotions guide our actions in dating, sexual relationships, and marriage. Townsend argues against the politically correct belief that differences in sexual behavior are "culturally constructed," and shows that these differences are universal and rooted in our evolutionary past. In a fascinating series of experiments, men and women were asked to indicate preferences for potential mates based on their attractiveness and apparent economic status. Women preferred expensively dressed men to more attractive but apparently less successful men, and men chose more attractive women regardless of their professional status. Townsend also found that men are inclined to value casual sexual relations, whereas women cannot easily separate sexual relations from the need for emotional attachment and economic security. Lucidly and accessibly written, What Women Want--What Men Want brings new clarity to one of the most intractable debates of our time.


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