The evolution of same-sex attraction

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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolutionary origins of same-sex attraction, evaluating multiple existing evolutionary theories. It combines empirical findings with theoretical arguments in order to review evidence on the prevalence rates of same-sex attraction and determine its genetic and environmental basis. Among the topics addressed: • Attitudes towards same-sex attraction across human history • Assessing the weak selection pressures hypothesis of attraction • Assessing the male choice hypothesis of attraction • Evolution of same-sex attraction in men versus women The Evolution of Same-Sex Attraction will be of interest to academics and students of evolutionary and psychological sciences, filling a gap in literature on the origins of specifically same-sex attraction.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages250
ISBN (Electronic)9783030539252
ISBN (Print)9783030539245
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2020


  • Bisexuality
  • Evolutionary origins of attraction
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Historical evidence of homosexualtiy
  • History of sexuality
  • Homosexuality
  • Male choice hypothesis
  • Same-sex attraction
  • Same-sex attraction in historical societies
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Sexual fluidity
  • Sexual orientation


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