Sexual Conflict and Partner Rape

Joseph A. Camilleri and Vernon L. Quinsey

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396706
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Sexual Conflict and Partner Rape

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The application of Darwinian concepts, particularly sexual selection, has gained currency in recent years (Goetz, Shackelford, & Camilleri, 2008). One facet of sexual selection, sexual conflict, is central to an understanding of the evolution of traits that arise in response to the mating strategies of the opposite sex. Sexual conflict theory may explain a variety of sexually coercive behaviors used by men against women, including rape, mate guarding, and infanticide. Here we review the literature on partner sexual coercion in the context of sexual conflict.

Keywords: partner rape; marital rape; partner sexual coercion; sexual conflict

Article.  9377 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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