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up being abused or even killed. Critics
of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's
statement have pointed out that a man
may only become violent after the re-
lationship begins; however, in certain
contexts, women may actually prefer
to be with aggressive men.
Evolutionary biologist David P Bar-
ash in his book Out of Eden writes: "It
is both debatable and controversial
whether women are attracted to as-
sertive, sometimes aggressive, even
violent men. I would like to think oth-
erwise, but there seems little doubt that
especially during our long-duration
prehistory, aggressive men would have
been able---if nothing else---to provide
protection for their mates against other,
aggressive and perhaps nastier men."
This psychological predilection be-
comes salient in communities where
there is pervasive violence, and where
men in the prime of life are getting
killed or being incarcerated at high
rates, hence diminishing the number of
young men available to young women.
But the shortage of men in poor areas
is also reflected at the other socioec-
onomic extreme---university students.
Between 2001 and 2015, according to
UWI's annual report for the St Augus-
tine campus, the female to male ratio
has gone from 3:2 to 2:1, with 63 per
cent of the student body now female.
Adshade cites data from American
universities showing that on campuses
where women outnumber men, women
have more negative attitudes towards
dating and sexual relationships as
compared to campuses where the ra-
tio is equal. "Casual sex is also more
frequent when women outnumber men
on a campus," Adshade notes, conclud-
ing, "a woman's ability to bargain with
her sexual partner over both the timing
and nature of sex acts has been eroded
on university campuses in the face of
increased competition for men among
relatively abundant women"
Divorce rate in T&T two per cent
Table Three shows that only one
occupation sector has a balanced gen-
der ratio. Women outnumber men in
all other sectors, except elementary
occupations, where men outnumber
women. But this sector includes the
lowest paid and more dangerous jobs,
so these men are less likely to be chosen
by women even in their own category.
The MICS survey found that more than
a quarter of 20-to-24-year-old wom-
en were in relationships with men who
were ten or more years older than them.
This is an indicator of social inequality,
Poll: 95% claims they
never horned their spouses
since in most societies women tend to
marry men just three years older. Mar-
rying older men may also be an un-
wise choice for women since, Adshade
notes, "the greater the age difference
in married couples, the more likely it is
that their marriage will end in divorce"
Contrary to popular perception,
however, the divorce rate in T&T is
quite low, averaging two per cent. And,
although opinion polls in developed so-
cieties find that seven per cent of wom-
en and nine per cent of men admitting
that they have been unfaithful, in T&T
95 per cent of the people polled in the
Norms & Values survey claimed that
they had never horned their spouses.
However, the DNA results showing
that ten per cent of all men mistakenly
believe their children are theirs sug-
gest that real percentage of cheating
women is much higher, since not all
extra-marital affairs will result in preg-
nancy, let alone births. Moreover, notes
Adshade, "Women in poorer house-
holds are significantly more likely to
cheat than are women in wealthier
households": among rich men, just
two per cent are raising children who
are not theirs; among poor men, it is
30 per cent.
And, often, it is that genetic fitness
choice that leads to trouble.
Marital Status Ratios Male
1,067,020 532,380 534,640
41.2% 41.4% 40.9%
Never Married 48.9% 51.8% 46.0%
Divorced / 4.7 % 4.3 %
Managers, legislators, senior officers 6.6% 6.3%
Technicians, semi-professionals etc 13.6% 7.2%
Source: CSO, 2000
From page A8
...the divorce rate in T&T is quite
low, averaging two per cent. And,
although opinion polls in developed
societies find that seven per cent
of women and nine per cent of men
admitting that they have been
unfaithful, in T&T 95 per cent of
the people polled in the Norms &
Values survey claimed that they
had never horned their spouses.
TABLE 2: Union status percentages
TABLE 3: Gender ratios in occupational sectors
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