Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Campbell: Staying alive

The evolutionary psychology of patriarchy: Women are not passive pawns in men's game

David M. Buss a1 and Joshua Duntley a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX 78712


We applaud Campbell's cogent arguments for the evolution of female survival mechanisms but take issue with several key conceptual claims: the treatment of patriarchy; the implicit assumption that women are passive pawns in a male game of media exploitation; and the neglect of the possibility that media images exploit existing evolved psychological mechanisms rather than create them.