Feminism and the Evolution of Sex Differences and Similarities

  title={Feminism and the Evolution of Sex Differences and Similarities},
  author={Alice H. Eagly and Wendy Wood},
  journal={Sex Roles},
Distrust between most evolutionary psychologists and most feminist psychologists is evident in the majority of the articles contained in this Special Issue. The debates between proponents of these perspectives reflect different views of the potential for transforming gender relations from patriarchal to gender-equal. Yet, with respect to the overall prevalence of sex differences or similarities, the articles in the Special Issue show that neither feminist psychologists nor evolutionary… 

Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology: Moving Forward

The Special Issue on feminism and evolutionary psychology published by Sex Roles (Smith and Konik 2011) has elicited responses that advance understanding of the debate between evolutionary psychology

Feminists Need to Look Beyond Evolutionary Psychology for Insights into Human Reproductive Strategies: A Commentary

This research has called into question past assumptions of male dominance and female passivity in mating, and continues to challenge evolutionary psychology’s claim that there are evolved psychological gender differences between men and women in their desire for short-term mating opportunities and sexual variety.

The Darwinian Mystique? Synthesizing Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism

Feminism involves sociocultural criticisms of existing patriarchy. Although evolutionary psychology principles are held in distrust by some feminist scholars, the two perspectives are not

Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology: Allies, Adversaries, or Both? An Introduction to a Special Issue

This special issue on feminism and evolutionary psychology addresses current theory and research from feminist and evolutionary psychologists, focusing on gender differences in mate selection as

Feminism and psychology: analysis of a half-century of research on women and gender.

In this formidable body of research, psychological science has reflected the profound changes in the status of women during the last half-century and addressed numerous questions that these changes have posed.

Evolutionary Psychology is Compatible with Equity Feminism, but Not with Gender Feminism: A Reply to Eagly and Wood (2011)

  • B. Kuhle
  • Psychology
    Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
  • 2012
It is concluded that although evolutionary psychology is eminently compatible with equity feminism, evolutionary psychology and feminist psychology will conflict as long as the latter adheres to gender feminism and its unwillingness to acknowledge the evidence for evolved psychological sex differences.

The Application of Biological, Evolutionary, and Sociocultural Frameworks to Issues of Gender in Introductory Psychology Textbooks

The purpose of this paper is to explore the application of biological, evolutionary, and sociocultural frameworks to issues of gender in the 10 most popular introductory psychology textbooks in the

A Feminist Review of Behavioral Economic Research on Gender Differences

ABSTRACT This study provides a critical review of the behavioral economics literature on gender differences using key feminist concepts, including roles, stereotypes, identities, beliefs, context

The Study of Sex Differences

The rise of research in behavior genetics, endocrinology, neurotransmitter systems, brain imaging, and evolutionary psychology bears witness to psychology’s increasingly biological stance. This

Biology or Culture Alone Cannot Account for Human Sex Differences and Similarities

As it is shown, biosocial construction theory correctly situates women’s and men”s behavior within cultural and historical contexts, and cannot effectively explain the variation in sex differences across cultures and over historical time.



Evolution, gender, and rape

Alternative models of rape are offered that incorporate psychology and cultural systems, as well as a broader interpretation of evolutionary theory, which argues that traditionally stereotyped gender roles are grounded more in culture than in differing biological reproductive roles.

Psychological Sex Differences: Origins through Sexual Selection.

This article offers a brief outline of an explanatory framework for psychological sex differences--one that is anchored in the new theoretical paradigm of evolutionary psychology.

A cross-cultural analysis of the behavior of women and men: implications for the origins of sex differences.

The cross-cultural evidence on the behavior of women and men in nonindustrial societies, especially the activities that contribute to the sex-typed division of labor and patriarchy, is reviewed.

Functionalism, Darwinism, and the Psychology of Women A Study in Social Myth

The psychology of women is acquiring the character of an academic entity as witnessed by the proliferation of research on sex differences, the appearance of textbooks devoted to the psychology of

Evolution and Rape: A Feminist Darwinian Perspective

It is commonly thought that feminist and evolutionary explanations of rape cannot be integrated. As I aim to show, this view is incorrect. Although feminist and evolutionary approaches are not

Sex, Power, Conflict: Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives

PART I: EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES 1. Evolutionary Psychology and Marital Conflict 2. Power, Harassment, and Trophy Mates: The Feminist Advantages of an Evolutionary Perspective 3. Sexual Harassment

Theorizing gender in the face of social change: is there anything essential about essentialism?

It is demonstrated that although essentialism is linked to prejudice, this link is itself not essential and essentialism may be invoked strategically to protect higher status when this is threatened by change and may be successful in so doing.

Aligning Mars and Venus: The Social Construction and Instability of Gender Differences in Romantic Relationships

An evolutionary approach to gender differences in romantic relationships has pervaded the scientific literature, a trend mirrored in popular culture by Mars-Venus stereotyping. Three studies tested

Intersectionality and research in psychology.

  • E. Cole
  • Psychology, Sociology
    The American psychologist
  • 2009
Feminist and critical race theories offer the concept of intersectionality to describe analytic approaches that simultaneously consider the meaning and consequences of multiple categories of

Darwin on race, gender, and culture.

The way in which race, gender, and culture were represented and explained by Darwin and the ways in which his observations and opinions on gender and race were taken up by others and, more often than not, misapplied are considered.