In Finland—one of the world's most gender-equal nations—man value intelligence in a mate even more than women do; and in both Finland and Germany, women care more about a partner's housekeeping skills than men do.
And despite the value American society sometimes places on women's sexual purity, ladies in the United States are actually more concerned with their partners' chastity than their male counterparts.
Often in an abusive relationship, if a woman does not live up to these unrealistic and strict expectations, it is license for the batterer to be violent.
These roles are deeply engrained in many men and women so that it is difficult to uncover the extent to which behavior has been influenced by socialization.
But Alice Eagly, one of the authors of the recent review, has a different explanation."The findings are an indication of change toward valuing gender equality—that gender equality is arriving and that people are adjusting their relationships [and] behaviors to take greater equality into account," she told over email.
(For some reason, both genders care more about looks than they used to.)Last year, biologist David Bainbridge theorized that men prize intelligence because it makes women good caretakers.
The meta-analysis also found that mating preferences have evolved over time as women have attained increasing levels of parity with men.
For starters, men have apparently started to care more about women's intelligence, careers, and financial success and less about their cooking skills.
Beyond “teaching,” our culture actively punishes girls who violate those rules.
Such punishment includes social ostracism, ridicule, poor grades in school, and often times sexual harassment, assault, and physical violence.