Despite conventional wisdom about the role that gender ratios play in rates of violence, a new study finds that rates of rape, sexual assault and homicide are actually lower in societies with more men than women.
The authors of the study, which is published in this month's issue of the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, found that “expectations of elevated levels of violence in groups with excess men are oversimplistic.”
The study pointed to evolutionary evidence aggressive behavior in among men when they “are scarce rather than abundant.”
The authors argue that “tough on crime” policies may actually encourage increases in violent behavior by creating artificial “asymmetries” to gender ratios in high crime areas.
The full study is available for purchase HERE.