Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Campbell: Staying alive

Violence, sex, and the good mother

Stephen Beckerman a1
a1 Anthropology Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802


Campbell's evolutionary explanation of women's typically lower rates of interpersonal aggression is plausible, but some supporting evidence requires scrutiny. Women may not commit less interpersonal violence than men against small children. Women are more vulnerable than men in same-sex encounters. The link between dominance and reproductive success for males is less secure than was once thought.