SO MUCH RAGE and sadness. Thanks Twitter, for bringing me such news as: "Ten Percent of D.C. 8th Graders Have Considered, Attempted Suicide" and "Roman Polanski honoured at Zurich film fest" and apparently Nancy Grace had some kind of nipple slip? On Dancing With the Stars? Apparently Nancy Grace is on Dancing With the Stars? Why humanity? Why are we so terrible? And then there was this solid little gem brought to my feed by New Scientist: "This is going to be controversial: Domestic violence gets an evolutionary explanation" with a link to this article which sure enough denotes how one psychology professor believes male on female partner violence can be explained away by evolution. That shaking below your feet? That was Darwin rolling over in his grave.
The audacity to victim-blame and then back it up with studies done on such tiny subject pools is staggering (never mind that in the actual study cited only 3% of the women reported different paternity).
The connection between possessiveness and abuse is nothing new, pick up even a Cosmo Girl and know that over the top jealousy is a big red flag. It doesn't matter if once upon a time there were homo sapiens who had jealousy issues too, the repercussions of excessive possessiveness and the domestic abuse and violence that stems from that jealousy are modern day problems in need of solutions, not excuses.
The desire to sum all of society's shortcomings (racism, sexism, ableism ect.) to evolution is one that I'll never quite understand. We should be striving to overcome those negatives, not explain them away because doing so absolves them; doing so strips us of our responsibility to do right by our fellow people. Using early hominid behaviours to explain humanity's ugly nature, especially in this case where Buss has given every abuser a ready excuse and an opportunity for further abuse, is negligent, it is dangerous and it is faulty.
New Scientist should be ashamed for reporting the story in the first place which is clearly just a ploy for page hits. I'm writing a letter to the editor telling them why I feel that writing an article about such an obviously false and ill-researched hypothesis is highly irresponsible and that they should consider how many people they are hurting by publishing such fallacies. The article states that more than 500,000 American women a year report domestic abuse, I guess New Scientist is banking on none of those women or people who love those women reading their magazine.