In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a wide-ranging dialogue with Tania Reynolds about her research on female intrasexual competition, attractiveness privilege, and free speech. They provide a sexual selection overview such as preferences for mate choice. They talk about sexual selection for cooperation, heritability in mate preferences, and the aspect of female mate choice. They discuss monogamy and polygamy in mate choice, evolutionary and moral features of attraction, and an emphasis on youth. They also mention female standards of beauty in modern society and body positivity. They discuss in detail the specific aspects of intrasexual female competition, types of aggression, and the influence of patrilocal and matrilocal societies. They discuss attractiveness privilege and how it fits within other types of privilege, menstruation and anxiety, and gender bias. They end the conversation with a discussion on the limits and boundaries of free speech.
Tania Reynolds is a Social Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. She was also a postdoctoral research at the Kinsey Institute. She is well-published in many scientific journals and her research focuses on female intrasexual competition and cooperation, biases in social and and moral evaluations, sexual selection and life history theory. You can find her research here. Twitter: @taniaArline
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