Evolutions Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women

Hardcover | March 21, 2013

EditorMaryanne L. Fisher, Justin R. Garcia, Rosemarie Sokol Chang

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Over the last decade, there has been increasing debate as to whether feminism and evolutionary psychology can co-exist. Such debates often conclude with a resounding "no," often on the grounds that the former is a political movement while the latter is a field of scientific inquiry. In themidst of these debates, there has been growing dissatisfaction within the field of evolutionary psychology about the way the discipline (and others) have repeatedly shown women to be in passive roles when it comes to survival and reproduction. Evolutionary behavioral research has been misled due totheoretically misguided assumptions. As a result, the community has missed important areas of research, and in some cases, will likely come to inaccurate conclusions based on existing dogma, rather than rigorous, theoretically driven research. The bias in the field of evolutionary psychology echoesthe complaints against the political movement attached to academic feminism. This is an intellectual squabble where much is at stake, including a fundamental understanding of the evolutionary significance of women's roles in culture, mothering, reproductive health and physiology, mating, femalealliances, female aggression, and female intrasexual competition.Evolution's Empress identifies women as active agents within the evolutionary process. The chapters in this volume focus on topics as diverse as female social interactions, mate competition and mating strategies, motherhood, women's health, sex differences in communication and motivation, sexdiscrimination, and women in literature. The volume editors bring together a diverse range of perspectives to demonstrate ways in which evolutionary approaches to human behavior have thus far been too limited. By reconsidering the role of women in evolution, this volume furthers the goal ofgenerating dialogue between the realms of women's studies and evolutionary psychology.

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Over the last decade, there has been increasing debate as to whether feminism and evolutionary psychology can co-exist. Such debates often conclude with a resounding "no," often on the grounds that the former is a political movement while the latter is a field of scientific inquiry. In themidst of these debates, there has been growing ...

Maryanne L. Fisher, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and member of the Women and Gender Studies program at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada. Justin R. Garcia is a CTRD Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is al...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsSarah Blaffer Hrdy: Overdue Dialogues: Foreword to Evolution's EmpressIntroductionMaryanne L. Fisher, Rosemarie Sokol Chang, and Justin R. Garcia: Introduction to Evolution's EmpressPart One: Sex Roles, Competition and Cooperation1. Maryanne L. Fisher: Women's Intrasexual Competition for Mates2. Laurette Liesen: The Tangled Web She Weaves: The Evolution of Female-female Aggression and Status-seeking3. Liza R. Moscovice: Getting by with a Little Help From Friends: The Importance of Social Bonds for Female Primates4. Patricia Adair Gowaty: A Sex-Neutral Theoretical Framework for Making Strong-Inferences about the Origins of Sex RolesPart Two: Mothers and Parenting5. Kathryn Coe and Craig T. Palmer: Mothers, Traditions, and the Human Strategy to Leave Descendants6. Nicole M. Cameron and Justin R. Garcia: Maternal Effect and Offspring Development7. Lesley Newson and Peter J. Richerson: The Evolution of Flexible Parenting8. Rosemarie Sokol Chang: Human Attachment Vocalizations and the Expanding Notion of Nurture9. Laura Betzig: Fathers vs. Sons: Why Jocasta MattersPart Three: Health and Reproduction10. Chris Reiber: Women's Health at the Crossroads of Evolution and Epidemiology11. Bobbi S. Low: Fertility: Life History and Ecological Aspects12. Johannes Johow, Eckart Voland, and Kai Willfhr: Reproductive Strategies in Female Post-generative Life13. Michelle Escasa-Dorne, Sharon M. Young, and Peter Gray: Now or Later: Peripartum Shifts in Female SociosexualityPart Four: Mating and Communication14. Linda Fedigan and Katharine Jack: Sexual Conflict in White-faced Capuchins: It's Not Whether You Win or Lose15. David Frederick, Tania Reynolds, and Brooke Scelza: The Importance of Female Choice: Evolutionary Perspectives on Constraints, Expressions, and Variations in Female Mating Strategies16. Christopher J. Wilbur and Lorne Campbell: Swept off Their Feet? Females' Strategic Mating Behavior as a Means of Supplying the Broom17. Elizabeth Oberzaucher: Sex and Gender Differences in Communication StrategiesPart Five: New Disciplinary Frontiers18. Tami Meredith and Maryanne Fisher: A New View of Evolutionary Psychology Using Female Priorities and Motivations19. Nancy Easterlin: From Reproductive Resource to Autonomous Individuality: Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre20. Julie Seaman: The Empress's Clothes21. Michele Pridmore-Brown: Consuming Midlife Motherhood: Cooperative Breeding and the 'Disestablishment' of the Reproductive Clock in the Postindustrial Era22. Leslie L. Heywood: The Quick and the Dead: Gendered Agency in the History of Western Science and Evolutionary Theory