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  • 1 Interdisciplinary Institute of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK
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Abstract

Domestic violence severely decreases women's health and well-being, thus the question of why many battered women stay with their abusive mates is puzzling. I offer possible evolutionary logic behind battered women's decision to stay, by suggesting hitherto unrecognized potential reproductive benefits of staying in abusive relationships. The logic suggests that battered women should have more sons than daughters. A recent study indeed suggests that battered women may have more sons than other women.

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No Evolutionist is an Island

A review of Kevin N. Laland and Gillian R. Brown (2011) Sense and Nonsense. Evolutionary perspectives of human behaviour Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270 pages, ISBN: 978-0-19-958696-7