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Biologists and zoologists have been studying animal sex ratios since the days of Charles Darwin, but the pioneering scholarly work on human gender ratios was not published until Too Many Women? Her epiphany came, oddly enough, after a night at the opera. Guttentag wondered. Is there actually a shortage of men? If there is, could this possibly explain all of these changes? Guttentag was onto something.
Click here to read about the transition. This book is based on the idea that "the number of opposite-sex partners potentially available to men or women has profound effects on sexual behaviors and sexual mores, on patterns of marriage and divorce, childrearing conditions and practices, family stability, and certain structural aspects of society itself. However, when men are scarce, this protective morality surrounding women dissolves, and men become reluctant to make a lifetime commitment to one woman. Consideration is also given to the unequal power relationships between the sexes and how this factor, together with demographic pressures, influenced sex roles and attitudes over time. The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with historical patterns and the second with recent times.
Scientific Research An Academic Publisher. Too Many Women? The Sex Ratio Question. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.