chapter  17
Evolutionary Psychology and Sexual Aggression: Neil M. Malamuth and Mario F. Heilmann
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The evolutionary history of our species has provided an important framework for understanding sexual coercion (Crawford, 1989; Shields & Shields, 1983; Thornhill & Thornhill, 1983). Such coercion is not unique to the human species and is found in a wide range of other species, including those most similar to us (Clutton-Brock & Parker, 1995; Smuts, 1992). The evolutionary approach generally places coercive sexuality within the framework of various strategies involving self-interested manipulative and dishonest strategies that would have, directly or indirectly, increased reproductive success in Pleistocene environments.