Saturday, November 23, 2013

Female aggression

How women keep other women under control

Or at least try to.

John Tierney
New York Times

“How aggressive is the human female? When the anthropologist Sarah B. Hrdy surveyed the research literature three decades ago, she concluded that ‘the competitive component in the nature of women remains anecdotal, intuitively sensed, but not confirmed by science.’”

“Science has come a long way since then, as Dr. Hrdy notes in her introduction to a recent issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society devoted entirely to the topic of female aggression. She credits the ‘stunning’ amount of new evidence partly to better research techniques and partly to the entry of so many women into scientific fields once dominated by men.”

Found at

with the headline ‘Girl-on-girl catfights,’ which ignores the point and uses sexual connotation to attract readers.

A comment at the second link talks about female primate infanticide, which deserves searches. You will find interesting readings.

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