Are Men Predisposed to Cheat?

I found this fascinating.  In one CNN article, the author is claiming that men are genetically predisposed to cheat.  The second CNN author responds and disagrees.

CNN – Men are designed to cheat

CNN – Men are not designed to cheat

What do you think?

Are we designed to be with multiple partners, or is maintaining intimacy with one person what sets us apart from the animals?

5 replies
  1. Gina Parris
    Gina Parris says:

    Hahahahaha! The first article uses ape-like logic to support an ape-like claim. Really! I say kudos to Wendy Shalit for responding by pointing to the APE in the room.
    I still think it’s interesting to note that in a world where hedonism really is god, a now famous Dartmouth study made the correlation between sexual activity and happiness levels in people. Indeed the most sexually active people were the happiest but only when they were monogamous. Those with more than one partner were less happy. The men can resort to evolution and apes and women’s “pendulous breasts” (THERE’S AN EXCUSE!) but this does not mean in the end they will find that elusive happiness.
    Here’s a link to the Dartmouth study. It’s not racy reading!
    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~blnchflr/papers/sentScanJEsexmoneyhappinessjune2003.pdf

  2. Gina Parris
    Gina Parris says:

    I’m sorry I should have said “addressing the ape in the room,” as in “elephant in the room.” Some men just want justification. They’re not all apes.

    • Eryn-Faye Frans
      Eryn-Faye Frans says:

      I appreciate the clarification…you are so right. Not all men want “justification” and not all men are apes, to use your term. Many men want long term, committed monogamous relationships.

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