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Sexing the Media

How and Why We Do It

Debra L. Merskin

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Chapter 2. Prelude to Passion

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PRELUDE TO PASSION

There is a female human nature and a male human nature, and these natures are extraordinarily different.… Men and women differ in their sexual natures because throughout the immensely long hunting and gathering phase of human evolutionary history the sexual desires and dispositions that were adaptive for either sex were for the other tickets to reproductive oblivion.

—DONALD SYMONS (1979)

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