Female Aggression and Evolutionary Theory
Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal
Evolutionists have long argued that more aggressive and more physically fit males that could fight off competition and control sexual access to their female mate(s) were more successful at passing on their genes. As a result male aggression towards other males and even towards females has been argued as being an evolved tactic to gain access to mates and to ensure paternity of offspring. Males are thought to engage primarily in intrasexual competition for mates while females engage in epigamic display, demonstrating characteristics thought to be desirable to the opposite sex, to attract mates (Campbell, 1995). This kind of theorizing portrays males' evolution as active whereas females' evolution is passive. Males evolve through competition whereas females evolve through mate selection.
Aggressiveness -- Physiological aspects , Violence -- Canada -- Women
McLaughlin, Cydne (2006). Female Aggression and Evolutionary Theory. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1).