Darwinism and feminism – strange bedfellows
|June 5, 2014||Posted by News under Darwinism, Culture, Books of interest, News|
Michael Flannery, a Darwin (and especially co-theorist Wallace) expert notes,
I’ve just finished Kimberly Hamlin’s From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America. If I had to write a one-sentence summary of this book I’d have say: This book utilizes Darwin’s sexual selection theory as espoused in his Descent of Man to show how a minority of radical Gilded Age feminists used this to “liberate” women from the “patriarchal” Genesis “mythology” of female “subservience” as given in the Adam and Eve story, a thesis in which half-truth, distortion, conflation, and confusion are all enlisted to construct a Darwinian/feminist apologetic–strange bedfellows indeed!
Some of us always believed that women were superior but spent their lives humouring men as a result.