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 [email protected]


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.