, Volume 59, Issue 7-8, pp 465-475
Date: 30 Mar 2008

Gendered Political Behavior: A Darwinian Feminist Approach

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Abstract

Darwinian feminists use an evolutionary framework to examine behaviors that promote survival and reproductive success. Subsequent power relations between women and men arise from conflicting reproductive strategies and social scientists ought to reconfigure their understanding of the psychological and behavioral repertoires of women and men based on their dynamic interactions throughout human evolution. This paper is an addition to the feminist literature on women’s contribution to evolution through an exploration of autonomy and leadership in egalitarian society and uses a Darwinian feminist approach to understand gendered political behavior.

An earlier draft of this paper was prepared for the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences Annual Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana, October 25, 2006.