Bodyguard hypothesis

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The bodyguard hypothesis suggests that women choose to pair bond with the strongest, most powerful, or wealthiest man available to them in order to be protected from sexual violence from men.

This also may be hardwired into their sexual psychology.


Physical strength prior to technology[edit]

Women plausibly also needed this protection prior to the advent of technology, since men are stronger than almost all women. In many species, including humans, the greater parental investment on part of females, in societies without paternity leave, causes males to engage in contest competitions over reproductive opportunities.

Evolutionary hypotheses[edit]

There are a number of mostly unprovable, but persuasive theories as to why men are the stronger sex.

Because women spent more time with children than men, who went out to hunt for food more often, men became the physically stronger sex. Due to their strength, this meant that male competition for females was often more violent than how females compete.

Some males (typically a minority) are predicted to shortcut the competitionf or reproduction by directly coercing females into sex (rape) and threaten or kill the offspring (infanticide) for their own reproductive advantage. This, in turn, predicts females evolved to prefer a strong partner who can protect herself and the offspring, especially in case the coercive male is of low genetic quality.

Protective males may have also evolved to be competitive in the non-material sphere as well. They would have done so to protect their own reproductive interets and augment a female's ability to survive and reproduce.[1] Examples include superior wealth, social competence and looks, but in non-human animals it is mostly about physical power, i.e. the strongest and most aggressive male.[2][3]

Many women also experience rape fantasies, which points to a possibly natural desire to be dominated more than sexually. Both of these aspects point to a preference for a partner that is at least as dominant as the woman herself.


The bodyguard hypothesis may predict that women seek high-status men in patriarchal, polygynous societies to avoid the rape/violence found in the lower classes of many patriarchal, polygynous societies.


Women have a clear preference for the physically stronger man when given the choice. In one study, none of 160 female students preferred a physically weaker male.

Women also prefer callous and narcissistic men, which are also high status traits.


  2. Wrangham, R. W. 1979. On the evolution of ape social systems. Social Science Information 18:334-368.
  3. Packer, C., and A. E. Pusey. 1983. Adaptations of female lions to infanticide by incoming males. American Naturalist 121:716-728.

See also[edit]


TurdFlingingMonkeyPaul ProteusLFA

Pick-up artists

Ross Jeffriesr/TRPReal Social DynamicsRooshVOwen CookPlayer SupremeWinston Wu

MRAs Warren FarrellNatty KadifaMel FeitKaren StraughanHoney Badger RadioAlison TiemanPro-male collective


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