Re: (Fwd) Re: guidelines/ethics

Mark Grant (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 21:23:51 +0000

On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> Much as I hate to rain on your little party, there are HUGE differences
> between the psychology of the two genders, resulting from their
> different optimal mating strategies.

If this is genetic (as you imply), then we might find examining the way
the genes control this behaviour useful. The most obvious mechanism is
simply the pleasure factor -- sex is pleasurable by default for men, but
not for women. If true, then women aren't refusing to have sex with random
guys because they think it's in their genetic interest, but because it's
just not likely to be much fun with someone who doesn't care much for

Then there need be no physical (or even pyschological) brain differences,
and if bodies were modified to make sex as safe and fun by default for
women as it is for men, then there may well be no non-cultural sexual
behaviour differences between the two genders at all. As someone has
pointed out, the wide variation in behaviour around the planet tends to
support this idea.

> This difference is not due entirely to cultural and environmental
> differences is what I'm trying to say here.

I don't see how your statistics prove that -- they show that women are
less likely to agree to have sex with a random guy than men with a random
woman, but that's all. Why that is is another matter.


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