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Why Women Are More Likely To Cheat On Men

New research shows women may be more likely to be the culprits of infidelity than men. It’s not that women are more likely to cheat than men per se, but biologically and genetically, women possess different features that vary our behaviors. This research is colossal because ideologically, women tend to assume men are the more likely culprits due evolutionary implications.

From a “survival of the fittest perspective,” it makes slightly more sense that they would spread their seed to as many women as possible. Women, on the other hand, don’t share this evolutionary ideology, and are more so on the opposite spectrum: supposedly choosing most carefully a mate who we believe could provide and take care of us, although this obviously isn’t always the case.
Despite this, women may be more prone to cheat instead due to their hormones and genes. Richard Friedman lets us in on this secret in his op-ed, “Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes.”  The key word is vasopressin. Women who carry a type of genetic mutation in the receptor for this hormone are more likely to engage in infidelity, so maybe it’s not their fault?

The suggestion is carried by a recent study by a psychologist, Brendan P. Zietsch, at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Dr. Zietsch examined the link between promiscuity and the receptor genes of important hormones, like vasopressin and oxytocin. Ever heard of oxytocin? If not, look it up, or better yet, read Louann Brizendine’s “The Female Brain.” It will clue you in on exactly how our bodies and brains work for us ladies.

But, back to oxytocin, it’s like the mitochondria of our feelings or, in other words, it’s really goddamn powerful. It’s a hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and essentially increases our drive to romantically pair up.
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It’s released on many occasions, but most evidently during sex. Vasopressin is another hormone, similar in nature, which has a great force on social behaviors associated with bonding, like trust, empathy and, of course, hooking up.

In his study, Dr. Zietsch examined the link between the wandering eye and variations in the oxytocin and vasopressin receptor genes in thousands of people who had been in a relationship for at least a year.  Why? Because mutations of the vasopressin receptor could also mutate one’s own sexual behavior.

Through the study, he found 6.4 percent of women, compared to 9.8 percent of men that year, had two or more sexual partners. The caveat is Zietsch’s study discovered there was an association between five different variants of the vasopressin receptor gene, which was only found in women who participated in infidelity.
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Thus, we ask, does this mean 40 percent of women who partake in a variation of infidelity can blame their genes? For years, we’ve know how oxytocin and vasopressin are associated with relationships, both found in the opposite end of the infidelity pool.  Oxytocin is the reason one-night stands for women tend to be more difficult.
The hormone supplies emotional bonding, AKA feelings, so when women have sex, we release loads of it. Annoying, right? This is why more often, women have sex with specific partners and biologically, we’ll want more than sex.  Fireinthebone


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