From the NYT:
To test evolutionary explanations for envy, Dr. Hill and her colleagues looked for differences between men and women in their reactions to the photos and the interviews of peers of their own sex. It turned out that women were more likely than men to be envious of a physically attractive peer, a result that jibed with evolutionary psychologists’ theories about beauty being more important to women for reproductive success.
Or maybe, just maybe, women were envious of other good-looking women because there’s current social pressure on women to be good-looking…which is exerted by the same society that defines what “good-looking” means. Naaah, that can’t be it. Must be our genes!
The article is titled “An Upside to Envy” – the real upside is that women’s efforts and resources are diverted by concerns over attractiveness, continuing to reduce women to the status of decorations in a man’s world. No, thank you.