Staying alive: Evolution, culture, and women's intrasexual aggression

  title={Staying alive: Evolution, culture, and women's intrasexual aggression},
  author={Anne Campbell},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={203 - 214}
  • A. Campbell
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Females' tendency to place a high value on protecting their own lives enhanced their reproductive success in the environment of evolutionary adaptation because infant survival depended more upon maternal than on paternal care and defence. The evolved mechanism by which the costs of aggression (and other forms of risk taking) are weighted more heavily for females may be a lower threshold for fear in situations which pose a direct threat of bodily injury. Females' concern with personal survival… 

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