Thursday, December 15

Anatomy of Love, Chapters 1 & 2: Summary

Anatomy of Love, Chapters 1 & 2: Summary: "Beginning with what is referred to as “Body Talk,” Fisher claims that some patterns of female flirting are cross-cultural such as smiling, lifting the eyebrows, wide-eyed gazing, and looking away, (20). Also typical to the female strategy is the use of the head to “signal sexual interest” (20). The female will give her suitor a coy look or toss her hair. Evidence that other female species exhibit similar movements with their heads while attracting mates suggests that such actions may be evolutionary. Males apparently use body language that is similar to the type that is used to indicate dominance, such as arching the back and thrusting the upper body forward. Similarly, males in other species “puff up” in order to intimidate rivals and attract potential mates, (21).

Another component of flirting, “the copulatory gaze,” is apparent mainly “in Western cultures, where eye contact between the sexes is permitted” (22). A clear sign of interest is seen in the dilating of the pupils. Eye contact appears to have an instantaneous effect on the brain. “The gaze triggers a primitive part of the human brain, calling forth one of two basic emotions-- approach or retreat” (22). The fact that certain primates display similar behavior with eye contact suggests that"


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