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The caveman mystique : pop-Darwinism and the debates over sex, violence, and science

Author: Martha McCaughey
Publisher: New York : Routledge, ©2008.
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Has evolution made men promiscuous skirt chasers? Pop-Darwinian claims about men's irrepressible heterosexuality have become increasingly common and increasingly common excuses for men's sexual aggression. The Caveman Mystique traces such claims about the hairier sex through evolutionary science and popular culture. After outlining the social and historical context of the rise of pop-Darwinism's assertions about  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha McCaughey
ISBN: 9780415934756 0415934753 9780415934749 0415934745
OCLC Number: 85892412
Description: viii, 167 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Welcome back to the caveman times": an introduction --
Sperm wars, sex wars, and science wars --
Downsized cavemen going apeshit --
Moral disdain for men --
Sperm wars --
Sex wars --
Science wars --
Homo resurrectus: the theory of evolution as a moral answer for men --
Darwin's theory and the crisis in morals --
Darwinism as the second coming --
Darwin's soldiers: a salvation army --
The scientific truth that will set us free --
Moral answers for the moral animal --
Science and certainty --
The caveman as resurrection --
Homo habitus: evolution, popular culture, and the embodied ethos of male sexuality --
The caveman in popular culture --
Caveman therapy --
Caveman desires --
Caveman edutainment --
Moral lessons for cavemen --
The caveman as embodied ethos --
Homo sexual : perverting evolutionary stories of male sexuality --
How to pervert evolutionary theory --
Evolution and evolutionary theory are already perverted --
Heterosexual masculinity as the origin of the origins of heterosexual masculinity --
Homosexuality as heterosexuality ... as homosexuality --
Setting the evolutionary record queer --
Do gay brains make better politics? --
Learning to live with perversion --
Homo textual: a missing link between science and culture --
Popularity and reality --
Evolutionary theory and scientific certainty --
Evolutionary insights for a change --
Beyond the grand narrative of science --
Beyond the science wars --
A great leap forward.
Other Titles: Pop-Darwinism and the debates over sex, violence, and science
Responsibility: Martha McCaughey.
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