The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science

The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science

by Martha McCaughey
     
 

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

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Overview

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 male sexuality and their appeal to many men, Martha McCaughey shows how evolutionary discourse can get lived out as the biological truth of male sexuality.

Although evolutionary scientists want to use their theories to solve social problems, evolutionary narratives get invoked by men looking for a Darwinian defense of bad-boy behaviors. McCaughey argues that evolution has nearly replaced religion as a moral guide for understanding who we are and what we must overcome to be good people.

Bringing together insights from the fields of science studies, body studies, feminist theory and queer theory, The Caveman Mystique offers a fresh understanding of science, science popularization, and the impact of science on men's identities making a convincing case for deconstructing, rather than defending, the caveman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934749
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Martha McCaughey is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of Women's Studies at Appalachian State University. In 1999 she was named the Emerging Woman Scholar in the U.S. by the American Association of University Women.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome Back to the Caveman Times 1. Sperm Wars, Sex Wars and Science Wars 2. Homo Resurrectus: The Theory of Evolution as a Moral Answer for Men 3. Homo Habitus: Evolution, Popular Culture and the Embodied Ethos of Male Sexuality 4. Homo Sexual: Perverting Evolutionary Stories of Male Sexuality 5. Homo Textual: A Missing Link between Science and Culture

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