Did anyone else have a really negative reaction to this episode? I thought it was thoroughly presented from a sexist, male dominated point of view and failed to present “An Evolutionary View”. The presentation seemed to:
Assume that studies of women over the past 50 years could possibly represent people but especially women “in their natural, default state” regarding love and sex, which is, of course, absurd. Women are cultured and indoctrinated, especially in religious families, to have very unhealthy perspectives about themselves, their bodies, sex, love, marriage and what they are capable of in a modern world.
Assume that “the way we are” as represented by these studies IS representative of our “default nature” sexually.
Assume that there IS such a thing as a “default nature”
- as if we as a species don’t just represent one of the many ways that sex and social structure can evolve
- as if within our species there is only one “right” or “default” way (monogamy, heterosexual, men want sex and women accommodate)
Imply that we evolved FROM ancient/bad to modern/better.
- as though we didn’t evolve from a common ancestor that gave us the misogynistic gorillas, the male dominated socially monogamous chimpanzees and humans and the egalitarian, sexually polyamorous bonobos.
- as if evolution has not evolved traits over millions of years just to double back and throw them away again (i.e. the many times eyes have evolved and then devolved into unused appendages)
Assume that, even if we had a “default nature” and could know what it was without the pollution and influences of how we are cultured, that we are going to stay that way (as if evolution is not continuing to change who and how we are).
Ignore the evidence of some very very different male/female roles in other human cultures and the effects that has on their sexuality given that there are examples of human cultures that are both more and less sexist, misogynistic, egalitarian, sexually promiscuous, polyamorous, homosexual, etc etc)
I was shocked that the audience seemed to not only accept but to reinforce the ingrained sexism and misogyny in our culture with their questions and responses.