Sexually Exploitative Strategy
Exploitative resource acquisition strategies facilitate resource accrual by taking advantage of other individuals through deception, coercion, or force (Buss and Duntley 2008). More specifically, sexually exploitative strategies allow individuals to gain sexual access when a potential mate is not willing to grant it (Goetz et al. 2012).
Because sexual access has recurrently been a limiting resource for human males, we should expect sexually exploitative strategies to have evolved particularly in males. Mechanisms that produce sexually exploitative strategies are hypothesized to contain particular design features. First, such strategies require an assessment of potential victims to determine which targets represent a favorable risk-to-reward ratio should an attempt at exploitation be made (i.e., an assessment of cues to sexual exploitability). Second, there is evidence that mechanisms for sexual exploitation modulate feelings of sexual desire and attraction to...
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