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A mind of her own: The evolutionary psychology of women

Anne Campbell


Males have been center stage in evolutionary theory ever since Darwin described “passionate” males and “coy” females. As males fought each other for copulation opportunities, females waited on the sidelines to be inseminated. They were relegated to the passive bearers of alpha males’ offspring. Yet it is now clear that females (like males) were subject to sexual selection, described by Darwin as “the advantage that certain individuals have over other individuals of the same sex and species, in exclusive relation to reproduction.” Females varied in their ability to produce and raise offspring, ... More

Keywords: sexual selection, sexual conflict, monogamy, polygyny, anisogamy, parental investment, aggression, individual differences, cultural evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Campbell, author
Department of Psychology, Durham University, UK