The sexual stereotype, in line with evolutionary theory, is that women want commitment and men want lots of flings. But a study of the Makushi people in Guyana shows the truth is more complex, with men more likely to seek long-term relationships when women are in short supply.
These are Makushi cowboys in the South American nation of Guyana. A new study of the Makushi people by University of Utah anthropologist Ryan Schacht found that the truth is more complex than sexual stereotype that women want long-term, committed relationships and men want short-term flings. That was true in Makushi villages where women outnumbered men. But in villages where women were relatively scarce, both men and women were more likely to want long-term commitment.
Credit:Ryan Schacht, University of Utah.