Human rape: an evolutionary analysis

Ethnology and Sociobiology Vol/Iss. 4 Published In Pages: 137-173
By Thornhill, Randy, Thornhill, Nancy Wilmsen


This article presents tests of hypotheses derived from an evolutionary approach to the rape of women. A cross-cultural test of the relationship between polygyny and rape in non-industrial societies is presented. Results suggest that the degree of polygyny is positively associated with the severity of punishment for rape.


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