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Evolution pressure found in mating game
PARIS, France
Scientists say they have carried out the first study that confirms that evolutionary pressure - the drive to have more children, in short - is what causes the typical age gap among couples.
Researchers explored the theory that men go for younger, sexually attractive women in order to boost their chances of reproductive success, while women prefer older, successful men to provide the resources and security that increase their offspring's chance of survival.
The investigators trawled through a Swedish population database, covering 11,500 men and women born between 1945 and 1955, to see at what age these individuals became parents.
Among couples who stayed together, the most children were born in households where there was an age difference of four to six years.
When couples split up and mated again, they each opted for partners who were younger than the first. That was especially so for older men, who went for women who were much younger. Women looking for a new mate generally chose a male who was slightly older than herself.
Banning baggy pants
ATLANTA, Georgia
Atlanta residents squared off Tuesday at a public hearing on a proposed city-wide ban on low-slung pants - or any clothing that exposes underwear in public.
The ordinance, which would fine violators, would also prohibit women from exposing the top strap of their thong underwear.
City council member C.T. Martin said baggy shorts are part of an epidemic of bad behavior by youths in Atlanta.
Very low-slung trousers are already banned in the southern U.S. city of Delcambre, in Louisiana, where offenders' cheek can earn them a fine of US$500 or up to six months in jail.
But council communications director Dexter Chambers said that Atlanta would not be so harsh.


Updated : 2021-05-10 11:18 GMT+08:00