Sexual Conflict as a Partitioning of Selection


Sexual conflict appears to be a powerful force in evolution. We suggest that selection theory can readily be adapted for cases of sexual conflict and illustrate how it can provide a new perspective on what traits cause conflict and might respond to its presence. Use of selection theory resolves some terminological confusion, provides operational measures of conflict and generates a conceptual tool for parsing the causes and consequences of conflict in complex systems of male-female interactions.

Document Type


Publication Date


Notes/Citation Information

Published in Biology Letters, v. 5, no. 5, p. 675–677.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)