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But if mating preferences are biologically predetermined, individual sexism shouldn’t have an impact.

However, research carried out in nine nations proves the opposite.

As with Josh and Mia, Finnish men are now more likely than Finnish women to select partners based on their high level of education.

Of course, sexism varies within each society, and a nation’s overall level of gender-equality doesn’t necessarily translate to gender-equal attitudes among individuals.

Josh, meanwhile, had been dreaming of a cashed-up woman with high ambitions, status, and education, ideally with a Ph D (or two). It was the norm, after all, for men to be the ones to “marry up”.

The results from the research are clear: mating preferences among men and women look increasingly similar.

On their first date, Mia and Josh talked as if they’d known each other for years.

Josh loved Mia’s wit; Mia delighted in Josh’s warmth and ready smile.

As recently as the 1980s, female flight attendants in the United States could be fired if they got married, and women’s right to vote wasn’t universally enforced in Switzerland until 1990.

Wouldn’t we expect these changing relationship mores to make a dent in the mating preferences of straight men and women?

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