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The Worst of Sociobiology July 15, 2007

Filed under: gender,science — introvertica @ 8:30 pm

This article represents, to my mind, the worst of sociobiological bumf.  It says that “our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are produced not only by our individual experiences and environment in our own lifetime but also by what happened to our ancestors millions of years ago”.  True enough.  But supposedly what follows from that is that human nature is static and human “choices” are largely a product of our biological inheritance, not any thinking we might happen to do. So, for example, men prefer young women (greater reproductive success), blondes (because blonde hair meant, in the past, that the woman was young), long-haired women (because long hair indicates several years of a woman’s health), and big breasts (because big breasts will droop with age, so, if not droopy, they indicate that the woman is young).   This seems to me to be mostly invention.  It also suggests that men are the dupes of their biological drives.  And that men who like short-haired, dark-haired, small-breasted, or even (goddess forbid) non-young women are reproductive dead ends.



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