Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism

  title={Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism},
  author={David M. Buss and David P Schmitt},
  journal={Sex Roles},
This article provides a historical context of evolutionary psychology and feminism, and evaluates the contributions to this special issue of Sex Roles within that context. We briefly outline the basic tenets of evolutionary psychology and articulate its meta-theory of the origins of gender similarities and differences. The article then evaluates the specific contributions: Sexual Strategies Theory and the desire for sexual variety; evolved standards of beauty; hypothesized adaptations to… 

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