, Volume 69, Issue 9-10, pp 543-545
Date: 08 Nov 2012

The “Battle of the Sexes” is Alive in Evolutionary Psychology

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Remember the “battle of the sexes”? No, not the tennis match in the 1970s in which Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sexes_(tennis)), but the one in evolutionary psychology in which men and women have conflicting interests in their shared goal of maximizing their reproductive potential? The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans adopts an Evolutionary Psychology perspective in theorizing sexual conflict and coercion between women and men. This book is a discussion of classic evolutionary psychology perspectives related to human sexual conflict, edited by one of one of its major theorists, Todd Shackelford (see for example, Shackelford et al. 2005). While other books have addressed sexual conflict theories in evolutionary psychology, for example, The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (Buss 2005) and Violence and Gender Reexamined (Felson 2002), this is the first to focus solely on the topic.

According to Sexual Strategies Theory (SS ...