Friday, September 7, 2007

834 Cooperative Males, Competitive Females?

Message no. 834[Branch from no. 821] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:36pm Subject: Re: relational summary

I agree with you from my own experience Michelle -- I find that crowds of males can be very cooperative and at times I am more worried about being in a crowd of women. It depends on the goal the men are pursuing. Men are socialized to be cooperative in packs for hunting and for waging war or playing group sports. So, if we think we are part of the same tribe, crowds can make us more helpful. I have read that women are less prone to bond in crowds because over evolutionary time they had to compete for access to males who had control over resources, whereas men had to cooperate in order to go out and get the resources. The equation completely changes though, once the competition is over a woman. Once this happens men will destroy each other!! Isn't that what Shakespeare's Othello is all about? :)

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