Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism

Posted: December 15, 2013 in gender similarities and differences
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Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism
David Michael Buss& David P. Schmitt

Abstract This article provides a historical context of evolutionary psychology and feminism, and evaluates the
contributions to this special issue of Sex Roles within that context. We briefly outline the basic tenets of evolutionary
psychology and articulate its meta-theory of the origins of gender similarities and differences. The article then evaluates
the specific contributions: Sexual Strategies Theory and the desire for sexual variety; evolved standards of beauty;
hypothesized adaptations to ovulation; the appeal of risk taking in human mating; understanding the causes of sexual
victimization; and the role of studies of lesbian mate preferences in evaluating the framework of evolutionary
psychology. Discussion focuses on the importance of social and cultural context, human behavioral flexibility, and the
evidentiary status of specific evolutionary psychological hypotheses. We conclude by examining the potential role of
evolutionary psychology in addressing social problems identified by feminist agendas.

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