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

Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science Vol/Iss. 8(1) LEBS Published In Pages: 1-3
By Stone, Emily A.


This study investigates variation in rates of violence against women, primarily interested in two main hypotheses: the Culture of Violence Hypothesis and the Functional Violence Hypothesis. Using the SCCS along with variables from Broude & Greene (1976) and Ember & Ember (1992), the study concluded that warring societies were associated with a greater intolerance of rape, contradicting the Culture of Violence Hypothesis, whereas wife beating, as well as tolerance towards rape, increased with scarcity of women, in line with the evolutionary Functional Violence Hypothesis.

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