Male aggression against women : An evolutionary perspective

Hum Nat. 1992 Mar;3(1):1-44. doi: 10.1007/BF02692265.


Male aggression against females in primates, including humans, often functions to control female sexuality to the male's reproductive advantage. A comparative, evolutionary perspective is used to generate several hypotheses to help to explain cross-cultural variation in the frequency of male aggression against women. Variables considered include protection of women by kin, male-male alliances and male strategies for guarding mates and obtaining adulterous matings, and male resource control. The relationships between male aggression against women and gender ideologies, male domination of women, and female sexuality are also considered.