Evolution’s Female Problem

If evolution is true, why are the things described in this book by Catharine MacKinnon a problem?

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Charles Darwin after all did conclude (after observing our fellow animals) that evolutionary forces caused men to be superior to women: “no one disputes that the bull differs in disposition from the cow, the wild-boar from the sow, the stallion from the mare, and, as is well known through the keepers of menageries, the males of the larger apes from the females,” the same must be true with human females.

Darwin also stated that female traits “are characteristic of the lower races, and anti therefore of a past and lower state of civilization”.

By way of contrast, no doubt also appealing to the self-evident evolutionary superiority of men, and in particular the European white man, Darwin surmised that men attain “. . . a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can women—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, painting, sculpture, music (inclusive of both composition and performance), history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each subject, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also infer, from the law of the deviation from averages, so well illustrated by Mr. Galton, in his work on “Hereditary Genius” that . . . the average of mental power in man must be above that of women”.

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