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Does She, or . . . ?

Once, only their hairdressers knew for sure.

Dec 8, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 12 • By PIA CATTON
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The facts and studies go on and on at a quick pace, perfect for bathroom reading. Some points may seem absurdly reductive, but for good reason: "Much of what we desire is rooted in deep evolutionary biases. .  .  .  It all boils down to the basic biological truth that in one year's time, a woman could sleep with a googol of men but only have one full-term pregnancy, whereas a man could sleep with a googol of women and have a googol of babies."

Love may be complicated, but humans are not.

Pia Catton is a writer in New York.