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date: 18 October 2019

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Much of the research on conflict and competition in humans has focused on males. Males competing for mates, status, or resources have often been in the spotlight. Less attention has focused on competition between females, although some research has examined topics such as female derogation of rivals in competition for quality males and status competition within female hierarchies. Research on female conflict with males has often concentrated on issues such as infidelity and resource provisioning (or lack thereof). This chapter narrows in on female selectivity about the timing of reproduction and how this selectivity may be modulated by reproductive suppression via fat loss. Areas that receive special note include self-suppression versus suppression imposed by other females and conflict with males over the timing of reproduction.

Keywords: reproductive suppression, intersexual selection, intrasexual selection, dieting, anorexia, female competition

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