Women competitive: researcher
By Amy Ferguson
CATFIGHT! MAYBE THEY’LL START MAKING OUT!
Two ultra-competitive women throw blows on the second floor
of the UCC. Maybe they’re ovulating.
Sugar and spice and everything nice? Think again. A new study
has proven what women have long suspected — when it comes
to getting the man you want, it is a dog-eat-dog world out
According to a recent study, a woman who is at the peak of
her fertility cycle will downplay the attractiveness of other
women around her.
Conducted at York University, study subjects were shown a
series of 104 male and female faces and asked to rate them
on their level of attractiveness.
“We found that women in the most fertile part of their
cycles gave lower ratings for female faces than those in less
fertile parts of their cycles,” said Maryanne Fisher,
the study’s lead researcher and a doctoral candidate
in psychology at York. She noted the ratings women gave for
male faces remained constant.
“Previous studies have focused merely on what women
want in a man. I wanted to see what women will do to get a
man,” Fisher said, noting women will attack another woman’s
fidelity and question her maternal capabilities in order to
appear more desirable to men.
“The findings are controversial because many people
are under the misconception that women are not competitive
creatures,” she said.
Fisher plans to follow up this study with a look at women
in a “natural” environment. The study will involve
visits to several Toronto night clubs, where she will explore
what women will say about each other in the name of competition.
“The study of intra-sexual competitive relations has
been neglected in the past,” said Lorne Campbell, professor
of psychology at Western, noting there is, however, no shortage
when it comes to exploiting these relations, citing shows such
as Joe Millionaire and The Bachelor which pit girl against
girl in a fight to win one man’s heart.
Campbell noted there is a definite need for more research
in order to predict exactly what women will do when faced with
“[Fisher’s study] is an interesting start, but
there are still many questions to be looked at,” he said.
But Edward Ebanks, a Western sociology professor, questioned
Fisher’s findings. “[I do] not believe there was
any correlation between the two,” he said.
“I hope that this is only the beginning,” Fisher
added. “Now that the door has been opened, I look forward
to exploring and debating the issue [of female competition]