Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Sexual selection does not provide an adequate theory of sex differences in aggression

Alice H. Eaglya1 and Wendy Wooda2

a1 Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-4609.

a2 Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708.


Our social role/biosocial theory provides a more adequate account of aggression sex differences than does Archer's sexual selection theory. In our theory, these sex differences arise flexibly from sociocultural and ecological forces in interaction with humans' biology, as defined by female and male physical attributes and reproductive activities. Our comments elaborate our theory's explanations for the varied phenomena that Archer presents.

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