A Last Look At The Battle Of The Sexes

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A Last Look at the “Battle of the Sexes”

The course readings have been an insightful and thought-provoking look into evolutionary psychology and the biological differences between the sexes – and the extent to which some of those differences are nothing but social constructs. Evolutionary psychology and genetics are both fascinating and in this respect I found Adam’s Curse: A Future Without Men by Bryan Sykes and The Moral Animal by Robert Wright the most influential and thought-provoking. The illusionary nature of social constructs and the misleading messages they give us about gender roles was also beautifully illustrated in Pink Brain Blue Brain by Lise Eliot and Woman: An Intimate Geography, by Nathalie Angier. The Trouble with Testosterone by Robert Sapolsky and The Red Queen by Matt Ridley did not influence my thinking very much, however. This is because although Sapolsky’s discussion of the role and effect of hormones in human physiology was very interesting, ultimately it is only tangentially related to the question of how romantic and sexual behavior and is much more concerned with the root causes of human behavior in general. Ridley’s The Red Queen also did not influence me but for different reasons, which was that I thought they were flaws in his reasoning and he neglected to study the full scope of human societies, such as matriarchal societies, before drawing conclusions about what constitutes male and female behavior.
Before the course readings I had always…
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