Chimp Study: Assault Aids Procreation?
Violence against women may aid procreation?
Some evolutionary psychologists actually think so.
The vicious chimps charge against females, rip out their hair, kick, slap or beat them. Which parallels human stalking and domestic violence.
University of Michigan–Flint professor, William McKibbin, says:
The findings may provide fodder for a long-standing debate in evolutionary biology about whether rape and sexual aggression are evolutionarily advantageous in humans.
Good thing we aren’t chimps
One species seemingly has a little procreative success with violence and now evolutionary biologists are going ape?
Meanwhile, nearly all other species reproduce just fine without assault.
Well, okay, chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans.
Except for bonobos.
Which are female dominant!
Using primate data we could also say, “No wonder human societies have usually been female dominant — just look at our closest relative, the bonobo.”
Oddly, Gilby suggests the attacks may be adaptive in allowing undesirable males to pass on their genes.
But isn’t evolutionary biology founded on the notion that nature works to pass on the BEST genes?
Besides, chimps mate with multiple males anyway, he admits.
So much for that theory.
Maybe the mean guys sire more babies just because they’re better at intimidating other males, and not because they harm females.
You behave like an animal
Importantly, humans branched off from chimpanzees at least 7 million years ago and — fortunately — most men aren’t brutal.
Biologist, Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany adds:
We’re so closely related genetically, yet our behavior is so different.
And would cruel behavior aid in spreading human genes? When mothers are traumatized? And when violent men often brutalize children, too?
Actually, Prof. McKibbin says,
No human studies have ever found that rape increases reproductive success.
Besides, you don’t find violence against women in all cultures. It correlates with patriarchy. The more patriarchy, the more rape and battering. The less patriarchy the less violence against women and girls.
And the further we go up the evolutionary ladder, the less we are ruled by instinct, anyway — and the more we are able to think and make choices.
Including moral choices.
And we don’t have to behave like animals.
The study was published in the journal, Current Biology.
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