Why Do Men Rape? An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective

  title={Why Do Men Rape? An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective},
  author={William F. McKibbin and Todd K. Shackelford and Aaron T. Goetz and Valerie G. Starratt},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={86 - 97}
Rape of women by men has occurred throughout recorded history and across cultures. In this article, we discuss rape from an evolutionary psychological perspective. Evolutionary psychology is a powerful heuristic tool that allows researchers to develop and test novel hypotheses about complex behaviors such as rape. Some researchers have argued that men have evolved psychological mechanisms that motivate them to rape in specific contexts. We discuss evidence consistent with this claim, and argue… Expand
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