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Parasite-stress, cultures of honor, and the emergence of gender bias in purity norms

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2012

Joseph A. Vandello
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620. vandello@usf.eduhttp://psychology.usf.edu/faculty/vandello/vhetting@mail.usf.edu
Vanessa E. Hettinger
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620. vandello@usf.eduhttp://psychology.usf.edu/faculty/vandello/vhetting@mail.usf.edu

Abstract

Of the many far-reaching implications of Fincher & Thornhill's (F&T's) theory, we focus on the consequences of parasite stress for mating strategies, marriage, and the differing roles and restrictions for men and women. In particular, we explain how examination of cultures of honor can provide a theoretical bridge between effects of parasite stress and disproportionate emphasis on female purity.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012

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