LA TIMES -- Sept 18 -- A landmark study by psychologist David Buss in the '80s, involved 37 cultures and 10,047 individuals. It found marked similarities across cultures; females prefer men with resources and status, even when they have considerable resources of their own. Overall, women valued financial resources in a mate twice as much as men did. Women, it seems, aren't quite as monogamous as their partners might wish. They, too, sometimes pursue short-term mating strategies. Professor Randy Thornhill discovered that women, in an unconscious bid for better genes, will have affairs with men who are more attractive (though perhaps less likely to commit) than their long-term mates.