A cross-cultural analysis of the behavior of women and men: implications for the origins of sex differences

Psychological Bulletin Vol/Iss. 128 Published In Pages: 699-727
By Wood, Wendy, Eagly, Alice H.


This study examines the usefulness of three theoretical orientations in explaining sex differences cross-culturally: social constructionism, evolutionary psychology, and the authors’ biosocial theory. The biosocial model is tested in a thorough literature review, and the authors ultimately suggest that the patriarchy and division of labor by gender are due primarily to female reproductive activity and secondarily to male size and strength.

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