A Mind of Her Own: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women by Anne Campbell

By Anne Campbell

Present theories of evolution painting males as energetic participants forging their method ahead via a mixture of testosterone fuelled festival, competition, and aggression. yet what position is left for girls inside of such evolutionary pondering? The position ladies get is that of the passive, susceptible, person left to experience at the coat tails in their male suitors. The default, no testosterone intercourse attracted to simply selecting the right male to extend the gene pool . Is it any ask yourself that feminists are dismissive of such evolutionary methods? That many have sought to disregard the contribution that evolutionary thought could make to our knowing of girls. yet have ladies particularly simply been bit half actors within the entire tale of evolution? Have they no longer performed their very own position in making sure their reproductive luck? during this hugely obtainable and concept upsetting new e-book, Anne Campbell demanding situations this passive position of ladies in evolutionary conception, and redresses the present bias inside evolutionary writing. Guiding us throughout the fundamentals of evolutionary conception, she proposes that girls have cast their very own strategic manner ahead, performing via their very own pageant, contention, oblique aggression, and unfaithfulness,to form their very own future. Throwing down a problem to feminist theories, Campbell argues that evolutionary thought can certainly educate us lots concerning the improvement of the feminine brain - we simply have to get it correct. this is often a huge ebook that would strength others to reassess their very own assumptions concerning the evolution of the feminine brain.

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172). But the example is flawed because the probability of the wind carrying only one colour of bird by chance is vanishingly small. A chance event would be unselective about what colour birds it affected. When a natural event (wind) selectively affects one variant (speckled birds) while not affecting the other (blue birds) then it is most likely for a reason—perhaps the speckled birds weighed less than the blue ones. This made them more likely to be blown away and would constitute a clear case of natural selection.

A host of psychological differences between males and females, as we shall see, derive from the fact that women’s biological parental investment is greater than males’. fm Page 39 Friday, December 14, 2001 10:15 AM   :      parental investment, not maleness or femaleness per se. In our species it happens to be women who invest more heavily but in other species, like pipefish, sea horses and teleost fish, it is fathers not mothers who make the greater investment.

Charge 7: Evolutionary theory does not resonate with women’s experience Two strands of contemporary thinking have come together to create a new criterion for the acceptability of an explanation: it must reflect our lived experience and it must ‘feel’ like it is subjectively true. The first of these (which I wholeheartedly endorse) is the feminist demand that researchers should address women’s experiences, recognizing them to be potentially different from those of men. The second is the postmodern rejection of grand theory (feminist theory excepted) which emphasizes close qualitative description of experiences and discourse which are contextually and historically bound.

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