Female competition and aggression: interdisciplinary perspectives

To be honest I didn’t read this in full (though it’s free, and pretty short). This is good theoretical background for the study I posted earlier, which supported the assertion that humans females (as the sex of a social, sexually competitive species with a high reproduction cost) subdue competitors through low-cost, social means. I think “covert” is the most important distinction here; female competition tends to operate on covert threat of social punishment, while male competition is more overt and tends to involve physical threat.

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