Mating Matters

Mating Matters

Dr. Wendy Walsh uses science, personal interviews and pop culture to reveal that mating strategy is the secret evolutionary motivation for most every human behavior. It’ll help you understand yourself better! Let’s face it, we are wired to reproduce. So powerful is this instinct that it has secretly embedded itself in almost every human behavior. But we are so used to being human and hanging out with humans that most people can’t see it. I’m going to help you understand yourself a little better. Human mating strategy plays out in the suburbs, in high- stakes boardrooms, stately capitals, on Wall Street and even on war fields. Sex is a motivator, a weapon, and a salve. It’s the oldest profession, the best marketing tool, and the preferred extractor of international secrets. But get this. Even when we are not thinking about sex, our ancient programming makes us respond to reproductive cues that impact just about every decision we make. Dr. Wendy Walsh, explores human behavior through a l... Show More
October 2, 2019 46 min

Sexual coercion has been part of human history since we were Neanderthals living in caves. As abhorrent as rape is, it is something that has traveled the millennia with us through our genes. It is literally part of us. How do we deal with this horrific fact? We explore it so we can understand it so we can fight against it. A scientist who actually "wrote the book" about sexual coercion helps us get our heads around the truth. And the truth is that this situation involves every single one of us, even those we trust and love dearly.
Then there are the other elements of sexual coercion: intimidation and harassment. Most men never rape, but in the age of enlightenment known as #MeToo, "normal" guys are reflecting and remembering moments that make them cringe. Dr. Wendy talks to a listener who is still carrying the guilt of a moment that happened many years ago as a teenager and wanted to come clean. Please know now his story does not involve rape.
Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Mating Matters episodes about sexual coercion are probably the most important episodes we could produce. Everyone could benefit from knowing more about our evolutionary wiring. If you are under 18, please include the guidance of a parent. If you are a parent, listen with your teen. If you are a health, sex ed, psychology, or sociology professor, please consider making these required listening.
The Mating Matters message line is 323-207-8277.
You can find all transcripts of full episodes HERE!

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