ANITA LESS, EAST LANSING, MICH.
The authors of the study seem to miss an obvious reason for later sexual activity among teenager girls whose fathers are still in the house: The fathers are protecting their daughter from predatory sexual advances by young men.
ROBERT BAUMAN JR., AMARILLO COLLEGE,
It seems to me, as a father of a daughter born some decades ago, that researcher Bruce J. Ellis is missing what are to me the most likely implications of his study: that daughters with fathers presents are fulfilling, in their suberotic loving relationship with the father, components of desire that encourage delay in sexual relationships. I recall studies showing that close relationships with fathers facilitate sexual relationships of later life, and another reporting that manarche is delayed in girl with genetic father present. It seems to me that there is probably are behavioral and physiological mechanisms, to some degree genetically (and thus evolutionarily) based, that encourage in early reproductions, in the emergency case of no present father and delayed reproduction in the relative stability of the home with the father present.
WILL RITTENHOUSE, ST. LOUIS, MO.
Ellis generally agrees with this evolutionary theory, although the data to back it up are controversial.--B. Bower
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|Date:||Sep 20, 2003|
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