A male professor at the University of Texas has proved that sexism is alive and well within the academic community after publishing a paper about why women cheat.
In his new ‘study’ David Buss introduces what he calls the ‘mate-switching hypothesis’ which – in his opinion – ‘scientifically’ explains the reason that women without kids are so likely to cheat, reports Mic.
Buss claims that women are unfaithful as they search for ‘back-up’ fathers for their future children – backed up by, in his opinion, the ‘fact’ that women are much more likely to ‘fall in love’ with their bits on the side.
Buss told Broadly:
My hunch is that people have these low-level assessment mechanisms going on all the time.
Personally I prefer the basis for my scientific theories to be based on evidence rather than bigoted hunches, but each to their own…
So they meet someone new and question whether they, as an alternative, would be more attractive than their existing partner.
Buss claims this is the result of early ‘woman’s pragmatism’ arguing it would’ve been wise to keep her options open in a harsh environment.
From an ancestral woman’s perspective, hazards from the environment, other species, and importantly, other humans, could render her mate debilitated or dead.
So, when another potential mate came on the scene, Buss – in typical scientifically provable fashion – thinks there may have been some sort of ‘cost-benefit calculus of decisions to stay or switch’.
Basically, he thinks that if the benefits of a new mate outweighed the costs of an affair then it would be in the woman’s interests to trade up.
He implies that early women were opportunistic creatures – when they saw a better specimen, they pounced, because it was to their evolutionary advantage.
The problem is the theory ignores tens of thousands of years of emotional and social evolution and relies on stereotypes that don’t even make sense.
On the very first page of the paper, it is stated that male rates of infidelity are twice that of women – so why focus on female cheating at all? This paper is simply a means for pushing incredibly sexist theories as science.
And to be honest, when a paper kicks off with a Jennifer Love-Hewitt quote:
Husbands are like pancakes. There’s no shame in throwing the first one out.
You really have to question its legitimacy.