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Women's Intrasexual Competition Results in Beautification
Wang, Xijing1; Chen, Hao2; Chen, Zhansheng1; Yang, Ying3,4
First AuthorWang, Xijing
Correspondent Emailxijngw@hku.hk
Contribution Rank3
Abstract

Psychology research focuses primarily on male competition. This research, however, investigates women's competition for love and the ideal partner in the mating market and reveals one psychological consequence for women, that is, beautification. This is demonstrated with ecologically valid, real-world archive and online search query data, a quasi-experiment, and a series of controlled experiments with random assignments. Intrasexual competition, indexed by the operational sex ratio (OSR) and income inequality (GINI), predicts women's beautification reflected by Google search queries for cosmetic surgery terms (Study 1) and the density of certificated plastic surgeons (Study 2). Female college students from faculties with female-biased OSRs exhibit greater appearance focus than women from male-biased faculties (Study 3). A causal relationship, between women's intrasexual competition and beautification (and even self-objectification), is subsequently demonstrated in experiments (Studies 4-6). Additionally, self-objectification due to intrasexual competition leads to women's preference for appearance-oriented products (Study 6). Implications are discussed.

Keywordwomen intrasexual competition sex ratio beautification self-objectification
2020-07-22
Language英语
DOI10.1177/1948550620933403
Source PublicationSOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE
ISSN1948-5506
Pages10
Subtype实证研究
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectKey Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China[71731004] ; Key Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China[71532005]
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
WOS KeywordSELF-OBJECTIFICATION ; SEX-RATIO ; MATE PREFERENCES ; MEN ; ATTRACTIVENESS ; PSYCHOLOGY ; SELECTION
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Social
WOS IDWOS:000551976800001
QuartileQ1
Funding OrganizationKey Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/32297
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorWang, Xijing
Affiliation1.Univ Hong Kong, Dept Psychol, Pokfulam Rd, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
2.Nankai Univ, Dept Social Psychol, Tianjin, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Wang, Xijing,Chen, Hao,Chen, Zhansheng,et al. Women's Intrasexual Competition Results in Beautification[J]. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE,2020:10.
APA Wang, Xijing,Chen, Hao,Chen, Zhansheng,&Yang, Ying.(2020).Women's Intrasexual Competition Results in Beautification.SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE,10.
MLA Wang, Xijing,et al."Women's Intrasexual Competition Results in Beautification".SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE (2020):10.
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