Male genital mutilation: an adaptation to sexual conflict

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 29 Published In Pages: 149-164
By Wilson, Christopher G.


This article examines the "sexual conflict" hypothesis which predicts that male genital mutilation should be associated with polygyny and a reduction in the frequency of extramarital sex. Male genital mutilation (MGM) rituals should be highly public and facilitate access to social benefits. Support for these assumptions is provided.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
eHRAF World CulturesHypotheses 5-6
Probability Sample Files (PSF)Hypotheses 5-6, Overlap with eHRAF
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Hypotheses 1-4
World Cultures JournalOther ResearchersMGM codes

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