> It may be more complex than that. Years ago, I read _Molecules of the
> Mind_, which argued that women indeed seek to attract a single mate, to
> protect her child (and herself while encumbered with it, internally or
> externally), but also prepared a fallback strategy of causing doubt as
> to the child's paternity, the better to induce a replacement to consider
> the child his should the original mate disappear.
Ridley also makes the point that there is strong evolutionary pressure for a woman to find a good caretaker, and strong pressure to find a man with good genes--but no pressure for them to be the same man.
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