A recent NYXs article by John Tierney: A Cold War Fought By Women (H/T: about 20 HUS readers!) takes a new look at female intrasexual competition, confirming what girls figure out at about the age of three. It’s all about the menz.
According to the 2008 study The Myth of the Alpha Male, women vie for social dominance via intrasexual competition.
We argue that overt competitiveness and resultant social dominance in females have been traditionally underrated by biologists and psychologists.
Our motivating theoretical perspective suggests that females of high social dominance are less different from dominant males in terms of behaviors and motivations than is commonly believed, and that these socially dominant females enjoy similar social regard as dominant males do, gender stereotypes notwithstanding.
Not surprisingly, dominant or “popular” females mate with dominant males. There’s a popular misconception that mating is easier for women than for men, according to the Times: