Female Bitchiness and Unsisterly Behaviour – An Evolutionary Explanation
This is an interesting look at a very real problem…. what do you think?
“Bitchy” girl behaviour is hard-wired in the female brain according to a study by Psychologist Tracy Vaillancourt from University of Ottawa in Canada.
Young women are innately bitchy and behave badly towards other women they perceive as sexy. Instead of physically confronting a rival, however, they use verbal war-fare and petty vendettas. They give their opponent withering glances; incite other women to make bitchy comments behind her back; humiliate and belittle her; spread rumours about her; suggest they’re promiscuous and try to socially exclude her. This behaviour is well known in culture and literature, for example by Jane Austen and Shakespeare, but why does it happen? It seems this indirect aggression — what we call “bitchiness” — has an evolutionary origin. Women have to learn ways to compete with other females to find suitable males with whom to reproduce. “Bitchy” behaviour is hard-wired in the female brain.
In Vaillancourt’s study, 86 women aged…
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