“Concealed ovulation or hidden estrus is the lack of distinctive signaling that the adult female of a species is “in heat” and near ovulation. These signals may include swelling and redness of the genitalia in baboons and bonobos Pan paniscus, pheromone release in the feline family, etc. By comparison, the females of humans and a few other species have few external signs of fecundity, making it difficult to consciously deduct, by means of external signs only, whether or not a female is near ovulation.”
From the Journal of Biology Letters: title “Women’s preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status” by Jan Havlicek, S. Craig Roberts and Jaroslav Flegr”
Abstract: “Body odour may provide significant cues about a potential sexual partner’s genetic quality, reproductive status and health. In animals, a key trait in a female’s choice of sexual partner is male dominance but, to date, this has not been examined in humans. Here, we show that women in the fertile phase of their cycle prefer body odour of males who score high on a questionnaire-based dominance scale (international personality items pool). In accordance with the theory of mixed mating strategies, this preference varies with relationship status, being much stronger in fertile women in stable relationships than in fertile single women.”
Think about it for a moment. Concealed ovulation means that women, the females of our species, are of the few that have evolved to eliminate signals of their ovulation, i.e. hide information. Mixed mating strategies means that women in relationships have natural tendency to cuckold their partners (and thus higher attraction to dominant men compared to single women), i.e. deceit. Hiding information and deceit are part of the biological imperative of women. It is also interesting that ovulation is hidden from the women themselves, which might be related to why most women don’t seem to be able to gauge their sexuality and sexual choices.
It is a sad thing to say, but women are seemed to be made to hide information and lie. This is why what women say, with regard to sexuality, shouldn’t be taken into account, only observations of their behavior. With the sexual liberation and ongoing collapse of society sexual regulations and morals, we will see more of women’s dark side in action, and a harder time for maintaining marriage-worthy relationships (BTW, I’m sure that similar analysis of men will show a very dark side to men’s sexuality as well). In general, as a patriarch you must understand women, including their darker sides, even better than they understand themselves and be careful with your trust.
(For the new reader, here is a link to the latest draft (pdf, 14/Jun/2012) of the Guide for a Young Patriarch which is based on the posts made in this blog and attempts to organize them into a consistent message.)