Friday, April 08, 2016

"Intolerance of Sexy Peers: Intrasexual Competition Among Women."

Heh.  Amy Schumer hates being lumped in with fat women: "Amy, you see, is all about challenging those sexist stereotypes about women and Hollywood’s obsession with thin women! ‘I might weigh 160 lbs,’ she once bragged, ‘but I can catch a dick whenever I want.’ Yes, that’s such an accomplishment. Getting some guy to schlong you. Stunning and brave indeed. Unfortunately, Amy is only interested in challenging body images when she isn’t being compared to actual fat women. Glamour Magazine recently included Amy with some other ‘plus-size’ women, and Amy was not impressed. She took to Instagram and Twitter to complain that she was being compared to Melissa McCarthy (really fat), Adele (quite fat) and Ashley Graham (fat)...

Here’s my theory as to why that happens: women want to talk about women’s fat as beautiful to convince other women to get fat, and reduce sexual competition. Think about Amy Schumer: Fat is beautiful, she exclaims! I’m beautiful! I can fuck any guy I want! I’m only fat in Hollywood! But what does Amy do when lumped in with actual fat women? She immediately makes sure everyone knows she’s not actually fat (I’m a size 6-8, not a 12 or higher...)

Amy will gush over Adele and Ashley and Melissa, because she wants other women to be as fat as they are. The more fat women there are, the more her size 6 starts to look lean and mean. It always comes down to sexual economics with women...

Feminism is collective bargaining for women to keep the price of women high. Women used to keep their own prices high when they controlled access to sex, but the sexual revolution destroyed that quite nicely, leaving women bereft of power. Now women are in full out, cut throat competition with one another, while pretending to be part of a sisterhood of love and acceptance. Ha! Bullshit. Pretty much all women will aggress against a sexy peer...

In current year, all it takes for women to pull ahead of the competition is to not be overweight. All it takes to get run over is to gain weight. So what do women do? To appear supportive and loving towards other women, they praise the overweight and insist fat women are beautiful. But try including a smaller woman with her fatter counterparts, and the fangs come out. Right, Amy? Fat women are lovely, as long as they are beneath you in the hierarchy. And the more women you can convince to join them, the less competition you have. It’s clever. It’s also cruel. No one hates other women quite like women do."

Almost all women aggress against a sexy peer -  "A study published in the journal Aggressive Behavior confirms what is often seen on the popular reality show The Bachelor: that most women aggress against sexual rivals. Although it is well documented that males of different species, including humans, aggressively compete with one another for sexual access to females (intrasexual competition), far less is known about  how females compete with one another for the attention of males. University of Ottawa professor Tracy Vaillancourt’s research supports the idea that women do engage in intrasexual competition through the use of aggression.

The Bachelor provides insight into the cut-throat tactics women use to “compete” and demonstrates that vying for the affections of an eligible bachelor tends to bring out the worst in women. It often leads them to gossip about a rival’s level of promiscuity or disparage her appearance, so as to reduce her “mate value.” Professor Vaillancourt’s study demonstrates that this type of behaviour is not only a TV phenomenon, but also a reality in our schools, workplaces, etc. 

Researchers conducted two experiments to examine this phenomenon...

Results showed that almost all women were aggressive toward the attractive female whose only indiscretion was to dress in a sexually provocative manner. The women in this situation were more likely to roll their eyes at their peer, stare her up and down and show anger while she was in the room. When she left the room, many of them laughed at her, ridiculed her appearance, and/or suggested that she was sexually available. By contrast, when the same attractive peer was dressed conservatively, the group of women assigned to this second scenario barely noticed her, and none of them discussed her when she left the room. 

A second experiment confirmed that the sexy colleague was indeed seen as a sexual rival by women. Results indicated that women did not want to introduce her to their boyfriend, allow him to spend time alone with her, or be friends with her. Collectively, these results provide support for the idea that women do engage in intrasexual competition by aggressing towards sexy female counterparts. View full article: Vaillancourt, T.& Sharma, A. (2011).  Intolerance of sexy peers: Intrasexual competition among women. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 569-577. doi: 10.1002/ab.20413"

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