I've been reading "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins and was struck by his section on battle of the sexes. In almost all other species, it is the males who compete for females in many cases with displays of either physical strength or ornate physical characteristics, such as bright colours, large mane, etc. What struck was at the end of the chapter was his comments on humans. In the birds of paradise, for example, it is the male who is brightly coloured or has large tail feathers, etc, all for the purpose of gaining attention and sexual attraction. Those with the brightest colours, largest plume, whatever, are deemed the most attractive and as such win the competition. Males compete for females. Now take humans - in the Western societies at least, it is women who adorn themselves with bright colours (make-up, hair, nails, eye-lashes, etc) in order to increase their "sexual attraction" while men do not tend to make as big an effort. He goes on to postulate this - could it be that males have become the sought after sex? Is it, in fact, women who now compete for men in Western society at least? What are other people's thoughts? I found it quite thought provoking even if a little short-sighted. From his view point of genetics it does make some sense, but of course human behaviour is a little more complicated than that.