A Test of an Evolutionary Hypothesis of Violence against Women: The Case of Sex Ratio

Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science Vol/Iss. 8(1) Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan Published In Pages: 1-3
By Stone, Emily A.


This paper presents empirical tests of two theories put forth to explain violence toward women. The first predicts that warfare promotes socialization for aggression and legitimizes violence toward women, while the second predicts that violence works as a way to control potential for female infidelity. An association is found between high male-to-female sex ratio and violence towards women, suggesting support for the second theory over the first, which is consistent with more narrowly-focused studies by Avakame (1999), Bose et al. (2013), and D'Alessio & Stolzenberg (2010).


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Broude & Greene (1976; 1983), Ember & Ember (1992)n = 54 societies with sufficient sex ratio data

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