Mean Girls

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The term “bitchy” is being used as a scientific category when eluding to the growing problem of female aggression in our society. Researchers have found that females can show more aggression than males in their “indirect and biting put-downs and snide remarks”. Females use manipulating tactics to gain control of sex itself, reproduction, and social status. Tracy Viallincourt, the lead researcher on the “bitchiness” study, suggests that “human females have a particular proclivity for using indirect aggression, which is typically directed at other females, especially attractive and sexually available females, in the context of intrasexual competition for mates”. Viallincourt believes that the “bitchiness” women exert coincides with the argument of male dominance within society, as men are in control of the political and economical spheres. While men control this aspect of society, women compete to win control over both men and women to gain social status to make themselves more appealing to men. It’s evident that women will only compete against one another when they “see females as a threat to their men or potential prize sexual partners, and/or b.) when they want a leg up in the amazingly competitive world where females seek high-value males who will father their children”. This is commonly found in any co-educational setting, anywhere from a high school prom to a college rave. It’s interesting to observe the relationship between males and females as well as the interactions between females as the opposite sex is always the “prize” to be won. 

 

Reference: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/busting-myths-about-human-nature/201312/mean-girls-are-not-mean-genes

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