Reproductive Strategy and Sexual Conflict Slow Life History Strategy Inihibts Negative Androcentrism

  • Paul R. Gladden (Middle Georgia State College)
  • Aurelio José Figueredo (University of Arizona)
  • D. J. Andrejzak (University of Arizona)
  • Dan Nelson Jones (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Vanessa Smith-Castro (University of Costa Rica)


Recent findings indicate that a slow Life History (LH) strategy factor is associated with increased levels of Executive Functioning (EF), increased emotional intelligence, decreased levels of sexually coercive behaviors, and decreased levels of negative ethnocentrism. Based on these findings, as well as the generative theory, we predicted that slow LH strategy should inhibit negative androcentrism (bias against women). A sample of undergraduates responded to a battery of questionnaires measuring various facets of their LH Strategy, (e.g., sociosexual orientation, mating effort, mate-value, psychopathy, executive functioning, and emotional intelligence) and various convergent measures of Negative Androcentrism. A structural model that the data fit well indicated a latent protective LH strategy trait predicted decreased negative androcentrism. This trait fully mediated the relationship between participant biological sex and androcentrism. We suggest that slow LH strategy may inhibit negative attitudes toward women because of relatively decreased intrasexual competition and intersexual conflict among slow LH strategists.

Keywords: Life History, Androcentrism, Sexual Conflict

Published on
01 Nov 2013
Peer Reviewed