Again, not a big post, but an interesting paper that I have found while researching female conflict. The paper investigates female conflict in humans and tactics used, why conflict occurs and when conflict escalates. It's an interesting read and highlights how many of the things that behavioural ecologists research in animals are directly applicable to our own species. Below is the abstract and a link to the paper:
Campbell (2004) Female competition: Causes, constraints, content, and contexts. Journal of Sex Research, 41:16-26
Monogamy tends to equalise mate competition between the sexes. However, women show greater restraint in their use of direct intrasexual aggression, which, I argue, is a result of their higher parental investment and the consequently greater reproductive cost of injury or death. Women usually compete for mates by advertising qualities valued by men (beauty and sexual exclusiveness) and by using indirect means of denigrating rivals (through gossip and stigmatisation). However, where well‐resourced men are in short supply, women must find alternative sources of support or escalate their competition for male partners to physical levels. Data from criminology, psychology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology are used to support these proposals.
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I am a behavioural ecologist, my main interests revolve around familial conflicts and their resolutions. However, my scientific interests are fairly broad.