Title

Human Sexual Dimorphism, Fitness Display, and Ovulatory Cycle Effects

Publication Title

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Publication Date

8-2009

Document Type

Response or Comment

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X09990240

Keywords

Archer, aggression, partner violence, sex differences, sexual selection, social role theory

Disciplines

Biological Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology

Abstract

Social roles theorists claim that differences between the sexes are of limited consequence. Such misperceptions lead to misunderstanding the important role of sexual selection in explaining phenotypic differences both between species and within humans. Countering these claims, we explain how sexual dimorphism in humans affect expressions of artistic display and patterns of male and female aggression across the ovulatory cycle.


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