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A Mind Of Her Own: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women

Anne Campbell


Current theories of evolution portray men as active individuals who forge their way forward through a mix of testosterone-fuelled competition, rivalry, and aggression. But what role is left for women within such evolutionary thinking? The role women get is that of the passive, weak individual left to ride on the coattails of their male suitors; the default, no testosterone sex interested in just selecting the best male to expand the gene pool. Is it any wonder that feminists are dismissive of such evolutionary approaches? That many have sought to ignore the contribution that evolutionary theor ... More

Keywords: evolutionary theory, testosterone, aggression, women, feminist theories, evolution, competition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198504986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198504986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Campbell, author
Reader in Psychology, University of Durham