The New York Times has given us many insights into the minds of women lately. First, we learned that women like hookups. Then, we learned that they actually don't, because they don't have orgasms. Now the Times highlights new research suggesting that women are super mean sexy women, because they all want the same boyfriend.
It's important to note that all women are aggressive when it comes to finding a mate, because of biology and also many cultural examples like the ones the Times helpfully provides:
The existence of female competition may seem obvious to anyone who has been in a high-school cafeteria or a singles bar, but analyzing it has been difficult ...
Minor error here: reporter John Tierney is confusing "anyone who has been in a high-school cafeteria or a singles bar" for anyone who has seen Bad Girls Club.
Researchers Tracy Vaillancourt and Aanchal Sharma from McMaster University found that when an attractive, scantily clad woman paraded herself in front of other women, those women then talked about her behind her back. ("What the [expletive] is that?" one said in disgust.) When that same woman wore modest clothing, the other women didn't notice her. See? It's women who slut-shame, not men. Vaillancourt explains, “Sex is coveted by men. Accordingly, women limit access as a way of maintaining advantage in the negotiation of this resource. Women who make sex too readily available compromise the power-holding position of the group, which is why many women are particularly intolerant of women who are, or seem to be, promiscuous.”
The Times also quotes one "Dr. Ferguson," who notes that female aggression is also kind of a rich girl thing. “Sexual competition among females seems to increase due to circumstances that tend to be particularly common in affluent societies,” he says.
Tierney concludes, there's "no longer any scientific doubt that both sexes are in to win it." (It = sex.) Well, that solves that. The Times' definitive claims about women remain true forever.
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