Gender roles and dating

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Women are more attracted to men who are sexist because they think they are more willing to protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship, scientists say.

Men who are considered to be sexist in a well-meaning way – for example if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them – may be more attractive.

Traditional gender roles still prevail in varying degrees.

Mexican men may hold on to the concept of male machismo, or being "macho," while women are often taught to play up their femininity in the hope of attracting a potential mate.

It turns out that no matter what political or philosophical background they come from, women prefer the muscular guy with money who opens doors for them to the weak and skinny egalitarian dude that will treat them just like one of the guys. Anyone who lives around women, works around women or has sisters knows what these studies concluded is just common sense.

In fact, another word “misogynist” was used to ratchet up the heat on those who held to such “ancient” beliefs.

While Mexicans are more free with their affection, a sexual relationship often does not ensue unless the couple has made a lasting commitment to one another.

Sophie Levant is a freelance writer based in Michigan.

In Mexico, the culture of dating is a fascinating blend of traditional norms and outside influence. American influence has relaxed dating life in many of the larger cities, and younger people are acquiring a more liberal attitude toward relationships between men and women.

Nevertheless, people in rural areas tend to be more conservative and often keep to traditional dating customs.

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