Evolutionary Explanations of Aggression including Infidelity and Jealousy

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1. Why are men violent towards pregnant partners?

  • They may believe that infidelity in their partner as occurred and as they don't have parental certainty that the child is their's they are violent towards them to terminate the child and leaving the woman open to bare his child preventing cuckcoldry
  • They are genetically programmed to be aggressive
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2. What did Felson find?

  • 55% of battered wives reported jealousy based on suspicion and fear as the main reason for their partner's violence
  • Out of 2060 murders, women were twice as likely to murder out of jealousy than men
  • Sexual jealousy was the main motivator in domestic killings

3. In which culture can aggression give status?

  • Yannomamo of South America
  • Kingsan of the Kalahari Desert
  • Western cultures

4. What did Dobash and Dobash find?

  • Most physically abused women stated jealousy as the main cause of the violence towards them
  • Sexual jealousy was the main motivator in domestic killings
  • Out of 2060 murders, women were twice as likely to murder out of jealousy than men
  • 55% of battered wives reported jealousy based on suspicion and fear as the main reason for their partner's violence

5. What did Buss suggest?

  • Most physically abused women stated jealousy as the main cause of the violence towards them
  • Sexual jealousy was the main motivator in domestic killings
  • Men use different ways to retain a mate through restricting autonomy (independence) and negative inducements of violence (threats)
  • 55% of battered wives reported jealousy based on suspicion and fear as the main reason for their partner's violence

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