FAQs About Evolutionary Feminism

Q: What is evolutionary feminism?

The study of female human behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

It would be considered a third sub-tier field of study below evolutionary biology for all species and then situated below evolutionary psychology as a whole for our human species.

First, one must learn the basics of the evolutionary theory that some believe answers the basic "what is the meaning of life?" Biologically it means, "How, we as humans solve the problem of passing our genes into the next generation." This study covers all species on the planet.

Second, one must then learn the basics of evolutionary psychology. The basics of this study teaches us: "If our physical bodies can be proven to have evolved from the 'lower' animals, then our brains, and thus, our 'minds' - or mental mechanisms -- must have evolved as well. Studies may include species of 'lower animals' but primarily the goal attempts to understand human behavior.

Third, one then studies the sexual behaviors of what draws males and females together in that human dance we call "The Battle of the Sexes." Evolutionary feminism believes that females are equal to males in their reproductive competitiveness, and some 'purists' believe that the female is responsible for the creation of the human species.

In the future, I envision a larger umbrella of study, labeled, evolutionary sexualism, in which both sexes, male and female, are studied separately, yet must 'fit' properly in established findings - the passage of our genes. Hence, each sub science study would be called:


Evolutionary Sexualism
Evolutionary Feminism
Evolutionary Musculism


Another explanation:

Some radical evolutionary feminists believe that only the female dictates responsibilty of passing the genes through birth and nurturing because it is solely a function of the female of our species. Radical evolutionary feminists strongly believe that war is not good for living things, including her own children. The belief has its solid foundation on empirical evidence that female mammals do not wage war. Of the 4,000 or so mammal species on the planet, only two form alliances to attack their own species: chimpanzees and humans. The importance of this fact is given even greater strength when we acknowledge the empirical fact that only the males of both species are involved in this social behavior (if you want to call war a "social behavior.") This link to the primates gives rise to this unique view of the evolutionary perspective to feminism. Much of the new insight into old issue was given birth within the emerging science of evolutionary psychology.

For further information regarding evolutionary feminism, I strongly suggest that you read my book review of Charles Darwin: The Power of Place. The reason being is that I argue that Darwin may have "shifted" his theory of sexual selection, first presented in his "animal book," Origin of Species, in which he emphasized that it was the female that choose the male in which to mate, -- to the male choosing the female, in his "man" book, The Descent of Man. With his book, Descent of Man, in 1871, he changes direction and declares, that because of the all the magnificent things that we see all around us -- art, music, politics, architecture, etc., are products of the male's superiority over women. In sexual selection, it is the male that choices the female.

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