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dc.contributor.authorSutton, Katelin A.
dc.contributor.authorOaten, Megan
dc.contributor.editorFisher M.L.
dc.description.abstractAccording to some feminist critiques, gossip is merely a form of women’s talk and thus an activity that men do not participate in. Yet gossip may be an ideal strategy for both men and women to engage in when involved in mate competition, allowing the individual to covertly damage a competitor’s reputation while simultaneously preserving his or her own. This chapter investigates the role of gossip in mate competition, considering the influence of variables including sex and attraction context on both the usage and success of a gossip-based competition strategy. Evidence shows that, although sex differences do exist in reputation-based gossip, both men and women are willing to use gossip strategically in order to gain a mating advantage. Overall, it appears that gossip is an effective, low-risk, and non-sex-specific intrasexual competition strategy for individuals to employ in both traditional and poaching attraction contexts.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.titleWomen's Talk?: Exploring the Relationships Among Gossip, Sex, Mate Competition, and Mate Poaching
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorOaten, Megan

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