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This just in! Men and women are different. Blame it on lactation.

Hard-toiling psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin performed a cross-cultural study of 4,764 men and 5,389 women in 33 countries and 37 cultures. Whew! After all that, they probably had a few beers. But after that they determined “sex differences in mate preferences are much larger than previously appreciated and stable across cultures.”

Apparently, men and women want different things in partners.

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Bottom line: Men favor hot babes. Women seek older mates with money, ambition, and status.

Why?

“Because women bear the cost of pregnancy and lactation, they often faced the adaptive problem of acquiring resources to produce and support offspring, while men faced adaptive problems of identifying fertile partners and sought cues to fertility and future reproductive value,” lead author and graduate researcher Daniel Conroy-Beam said.

All you horn-dogs and gold diggers can rest easy. Your behavior is biological. It’s simple evolution. And, therefore, justified.

Carry on.

The study “How sexually dimorphic are human mate preferences?” appears in the August 2015 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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