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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Unradical Feminism: An Old Sexual Manifesto (R/P)

One might be forgiven for thinking the recent rumblings of feminist agitation within the pages of The Guardian signified a progression of some sort. In Moral panic? No. We are resisting the pornification of women, Gail Dines and Julia Long take up arms against the old foe of the 'pornification of culture'. They repeat scripts written by feminists of decades past, “(P)ornification...perpetuate(s) myths of women's unconditional sexual availability and object status, and thus undermine women's rights to sexual autonomy, physical safety and economic and social equality.” This asserted in spite of the fact that women in the West enjoy unparalleled levels of sexual autonomy, control over their fertility, physical safety and economic and social equality. A similar campaign has been hosted on the pages of The Guardian before. That too ended with a live Guardian debate. That one, like this one, was basically a book promotion dressed up as feminist activism. Lets take a step back in time...

'Woman' is not my slave name. (R/P)

Anne Snitow, Gender Diary in Conflicts in Feminism By Marianne Hirsch

I agreed with Naomi McAuliffe in her worry that feminism is doing itself no favours with its choice of high profile campaigns this year in Is the Muff March a cunning stunt? (For more on cunning stunts masquerading as feminism see this blog post) Where we differed was with the principle behind the march; in this case “the very real issue of cosmetic genital surgery.”

A real issue? I understand the personal is supposed to be political, but this is just a bit too personal. It may be the statistical case that “Labiaplasty, vaginal tightening, and hymen reconstruction are all on the increase”, but if women are choosing to do these things with their own highly evolved brains, where is the issue? The (apparently) oppressed women inside the Harley Street clinics were not privileged a voice to enlighten us. If they had, a curt, 'Get stuffed and mind your own muff business', might have been the response.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Darwinian Gender Studies Stand up at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

I'm performing my comedy set about how gender feminism has sorely abused the humble breast at the Bright Club preview show on July 31st at the Edinburgh Fringe, Assembly Rooms. Get tickets here!

Monday, 22 April 2013

My Stand-Up Debut!

Looking forward to my first stand-up gig at #brightclub #newcastle tomorrow where I will talk about how orthodox feminism has sorely abused the humble breast!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

'Woman' Is Not My Slave Name - The Musical!

Taking aim for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, 'Woman' Is NOT My Slave Name is a show combining music, comedy, drama, social science, bad feminism and Darwinian gender studies.

It's the battle of the sexes laid bare.

Ladies and gentleman, we are at phwoarrr!

Monday, 25 June 2012

50 Shades of Human Sexuality?

Trying to unpick the arguments here but am struck (is it just my imagination?) by the conflation of 'men' and 'rapist' referent. At face value, the man she describes in this passage is very likely a sociopath, but she seems to be saying that this is a trait of masculinity itself - I think.

There is an unequivical grey area with rape which is absent from other crimes. For one, a person does not generally meet someone, feel an attraction, then proceed to share out the contents of their wallets with that person - change their mind - and then get mugged. In other words, in no other crime does the victim climb into bed with the attacker (as with aqualintance rape, the most common rape in the West). Right there is the 'grey area'. It isn't a grey area when a sociopath targets a victim; it is when humans misread signs.

It also occurs to me in her discussion of social signals and misreading of signs that women also misread the signs these men are giving out. Why else would they put themselves into such vulnerable positions with men, if they did not trust them? It would be nice to discount the grey area in rape, but in human terms, it simply is not possible. Also the statistics used in the piece aren't sourced and are not reliable.

We also need to take the title with a pinch of salt as when cases come to court (in the UK at least) jury's convict over 50% of the time. I really have no idea why many feminists don't want to publicise this as it would be very likely to increase incidence of reporting.

Comments most welcome!

The Stern Report

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

EP Ahoy!

This was a response to a recent study which seemed to suggest that the chivalry of 'women and children first' as reported on the Titanic was exceptional, rather than the general rule. The concept will be familiar to EP'ers.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

New cartoons!

Very proud to reveal five new cartoons which will be in the next edition of Baumeister and Bushman's Social Psychology and Human Nature published by Cengage. Big thanks to Roy, Brad and Jeremy at Cengage. Cartoons are copyright Cengage Learning.
'Bystander Effect'
'Cake Versus Pi' - illustrating high/low thinking which is a concept Roy discusses in his recent bestseller 'Willpower'
'Panda Love' illustrating error management theory and the tendency for men to mistake friendliness for sexual interest.
'Savannah Stereotypes'

Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Dissent of Women - Robert Wright

"What feminists can learn from Darwinism." A rather mischeviously titled paper by Robert Wright (no relation) in the fab EP resource from Demos - Matters of Life and Death: The world view from evolutionary psychology. Page 51.  And a pretty routine feminist response to this paper by Lynne Segal here

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Apologies for the lack of new content in the site. I've recently suffered a family bereavement and seem to be on a 'go slow'. Will get up to speed soon! Keep checking and thanks for your continued support!!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Shameless self promotion!

This isn't particularly related to DGS but I am very proud of it non-the-less. Love the vocals from the great Robert Pickens!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Evolutionary psychology is compatible with equity feminism, but not with gender feminism

Great paper by Barry X. Kuhle 


I comment on Eagly and Wood’s biosocial constructionist evolutionary theory (2011; DOI: 10.1007/s11199-011-9949-9). Although this gender feminist theory allows for evolved physical differences between men and women and evolved psychological similarities for men and women, it fails to consider evolutionary accounts of psychological sex differences. I hypothesize that gender feminists’ reluctance to acknowledge that evolution has left different fingerprints on men’s and women’s bodies and brains stems from two common misunderstandings of evolutionary psychology: the myth of immutability and the naturalistic fallacy. I conclude that although evolutionary psychology is eminently compatible with equity feminism, evolutionary psychology and feminist psychology will conflict as long as the latter adheres to gender feminism and its unwillingness to acknowledge the evidence for evolved psychological sex differences.  Gender feminism’s dualistic view of evolution hinders the search for and understanding of the proximate and ultimate causes of inequality. Feminist psychology needs to evolve by embracing equity feminism, which has no a priori stance on the origin or existence of differences between the sexes.