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Was It Good for Her? An Alternative Perspective on Life History Theory, Female Same-Sex Sexuality, and Pleasure

  • Lisa M. Diamond
  • Jenna Alley
Commentary

In their Target Article, “A Life History Approach to the Female Sexual Orientation Spectrum: Evolution, Development, Causal Mechanisms, and Health,” Luoto, Krams, and Rantala (2018) attempt to provide an evolutionary account of phenotypic variability in the spectrum of female same-sex sexuality, through the lens of life history theory (LHT). As Luoto et al. note, LHT is useful for understanding the potential origins of individual differences across a range of human behaviors, sexuality among them, and it has been fruitfully used to explain, for example, individual differences in sexual maturation and sexual risk taking. We applaud this overall goal and the specific use of LHT, but we are not convinced that the subtypes of female same-sex sexuality which Luoto et al. primarily focus on—“butch” and “femme”—are the most relevant ones. We also find that a key aspect of LHT remains underdeveloped by Luoto et al.: the role of early postnatal life experience in shaping individual differences...

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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