Mating Matters

Mating Matters

Host 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. We are wired to reproduce. 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. Using evolutionary psychology, Mating Matters examines relationships, sexuality, and how society and culture shape us all. Dr. Wendy Walsh looks at the biological, psychological and sociological underpinnings of love, attachment and gender dynamics. Visit for more. Please be aware this podcast talks scientifically about topics that include sex, violence and other aspects of the human condition that may be challenging. Adult language is used periodically. Mating Matters Message Line: 323-207-8277... Show More

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October 9, 2019 45 min
Sexual coercion is not just a woman's problem. It is not something that women just need to learn to deal with, navigate or survive. It is everyone's problem to solve. It is everyone's biological nemesis. With awareness of their own biology, men can recognize triggering situations and avoid them. With awareness of men's slippery wiring, women can recognize dangerous situations and avoid them, if possible.
In Part 1 you heard "D," a self-proclaimed perpetrator, but also a sympathetic human. In Part 2, you'll hear from a brave survivor of rape. She will inspire you and educate you.
Also in this episode, Dr. Randy Thornhill talks about prevention and the psychosocial influences on the men who go there.
Dr. Wendy and I both feel the two Mating Matters episodes about rape are the two most important episodes we could ever produce. However, it is obviously a very sensitive topic. If you are a minor please listen to this with 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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