Factors that Contribute to the Perception of Exploitability in a Relationship

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Courtship was once viewed as a significant phase in a person’s life in which individuals participated in activities such as long walks in the park while under the supervision of adults and the community (Lloyd, 1991). Although men would only act on courting behaviors when they proved to have the means to provide for a future family, the activities did not involve an excessive amount of money spending like it does today. While sexual exploitation has been used by many throughout the years, individuals are becoming more aware of the tactics and cues used by one another. Men and women casually date multiple individuals and deceive each other to increase their chances of sustaining a mate, whether it be for a short-term or long-term period…show more content…
As in the study with men, women were asked to view pictures of other women depicting specific cues that could be associated with exploitability. In correspondence to the men’s study, the participating women found cues that depicted women as “easy,” flirtatious, promiscuous, and intoxicated to significantly correlate with exploitability; while cues such as anxious, intelligent, and shy had a negative correlation. The study concluded that both men and women are aware of the cues used in order to sexually exploit an individual. One can further conclude that women who are aware of such cues use them as a means to attract a mate as well (Goetz et al., 2013). While many individuals are in search for a lifelong partner, others are eager to casually date for a short period of time. Although many studies suggest men are prone to use tactics for short-term mating and women prefer long-term mating (Haselton, Buss, Oubaid, & Angleitner, 2005), women also acquire short-term mating techniques (Buss & Schmitt, 1993). In the study measuring women’s perception of exploitable tactics by Goetz et al. (2013), researchers looked at women who were more inclined to use exploitability tactics to attract a mate. Although the study found women generally were more likely to use non-exploitative cues, those individuals who were more

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