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27 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 December 2008 02:26AM

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Comment author: frelkins 31 December 2008 05:29:33AM 4 points [-]

@Patri

"Instead of winning by being the best female monkey"

Girlworld isn't like that, Patri. Isn't that guyworld you're describing? I don't have be the best skirt monkey at all to "win," if you consider what my chick definition of winning is. "Being the best" is what male monkeys need to be - the gorilla troupe's got only 1 alpha silverback.

Whereas all I need to be is just high enough in the harem hierarchy that the silverback will do me when I solicit him and I have enough social support among my female relatives to raise his kids -- or the kids I am passing off as his. As a female, I like a larger social network very much, more help with child rearing and more useful alliances.

However a larger group does make it harder to be that 1 silverback, I agree.

Comment author: pnrjulius 06 June 2012 09:24:06PM 0 points [-]

You're assuming humans are polygynous.

But in terms of observed behavior... we're actually pretty close to monogamous (with a side of polygyny occasionally thrown in).

Hate to break it to you, but female humans also have to compete pretty hard for mates.

Comment author: [deleted] 06 June 2012 09:55:12PM 1 point [-]

But in terms of observed behavior... we're actually pretty close to monogamous (with a side of polygyny occasionally thrown in).

Doesn't it vary from culture to culture?