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The development and evolution of male androphilia in Samoan fa'afafine

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dc.contributor.advisor Vasey, Paul
dc.contributor.author VanderLaan, Doug P
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-16T18:27:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-16T18:27:23Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3159
dc.description xvii, 201 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Male androphilia (i.e., male sexual attraction to males) is an evolutionary paradox. It is unclear how genes for male androphilia persist given that androphilic males have lowered reproduction? Evidence suggests that ancestral androphilic males were transgendered. Hence, I address this paradox by focusing on a group of Samoan transgendered androphilic males (i.e., fa’afafine). Specifically, I show that male androphilia has consistent developmental correlates across Samoan and Western populations, indicating that fa’afafine provide a suitable model for the evolution of male androphilia across populations. In addition, I test hypotheses concerning the evolution of male androphilia. Fa’afafine’s mothers and grandmothers exhibit elevated reproduction. Also, compared to Samoan men and women, fa’afafine exhibit unique kin-investment cognition that would enhance indirect fitness. Elevated reproduction by female kin, and enhanced kin investments may, therefore, contribute to the evolution of male androphilia. Lastly, I outline a developmental model for this unique kin-investment cognition in androphilic males. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Gay men -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Transgender people -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Gender identity -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Sex role -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Samoa -- Social life and customs en_US
dc.subject Birth order en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The development and evolution of male androphilia in Samoan fa'afafine en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US

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