Caveman Mystique Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science

ISBN-10: 0415934753
ISBN-13: 9780415934756
Edition: 2008
Authors: Martha McCaughey
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Has evolution made men promiscuous skirt chasers?nbsp; Pop-Darwinian claims about men's irrepressible heterosexuality have become increasingly common, and increasingly common excuses for men's sexual aggression.nbsp; The Caveman Mystique traces such claims about the hairier sex through evolutionary science and popular culture.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp;

Martha McCaughey is an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. [Author Bio] . To read reviews on this book, go to http://www.cis.vt.edu/ws/home/RealKnockoutsPage.html

Acknowledgments
"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
Notes
Index

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