Evolution, Gender, and RapeBook - 2003
Are women and men biologically destined to be in perpetual conflict? Does evolutionary genetics adequately explain sexual aggression? Such questions have been much debated in both the media and academia. In particular, the notion that rape is an evolutionary adaptation, put forth by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer in their book A Natural History of Rape, vaulted the debate into national prominence. This book assesses Thornhill and Palmer's ideas, as well as the critical responses to their work. Drawing on theory and data from anthropology, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, primatology, psychology and sociology, the essays explain the flaws and limitations of a strictly biological model of rape. They argue that traditionally stereotyped gender roles are grounded more in culture than in differing biological reproductive roles.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2003
Branch Call Number: 364.1532 E93t
Characteristics: vi, 454 p. : ill. ; 24 cm