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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 09:48 AM

24. Great points all

... but I am going to break rank a bit on the theme of women as a consolidated group of victims.

There is a sociologically documented set of behaviors among women that suggest that women do not collaborate well with other women. Rather than being genetically programmed to cooperate in the hunt, it is theorized that women's evolutionary strategic advantage was manifest in a superior ability to obtain a larger share of the fruit of the kill for her own offspring once the hunt was over .

Now of course that runs slightly counter to other examples in the world where the females hunt and the male enforces domestic order (e.g., lion pride). But if you accept the archeological evidence that the prehistoric human male was running the hunt, it follows that a female would have the role of domestic head-of-state. In fact, many tribal cultures were/are in fact matriarchal and/or matrillineal.

Anyway, with responsibility for the "politics" of resource allocation in the hunter-gatherer context, you have some vestiges of competitive pragmatism still observable in female behavior. We call it "jealous" or "catty" behavior. It involves a subconscious recognition that there is only so much "food" in the pot.

So, as the golden years set in, the scenario goes, the food in the pot is the eternal reward. And those women who are out there ready to throw their sisters under the bus of the Republican machine have one thing in mind - securing their ticket through the Pearly Gates - regardless of what their higher-order consciousness might be expected to decide rationally. (Don't jump all over me, clearly not everyone in their "golden years" thinks like this, but you'll hopefully agree that the demographics are in line somewhat with the proposition that older women are more likely to vote Republican for religious reasons). Similarly, the "uneducated" woman, who perhaps had children right out of high-school and had her ambitions foreclosed upon subconsciously reasons in the "competitive" model that handing out contraception to these Georgetown coeds is giving them an unfair advantage in the "resource scrounging" game.

Now that's not to say that there aren't "competitive" men out there, who view their male coworkers as potential threats rather than potential allies, and NOR do I personally beleive that all women think this way. And unfortunately I can't put my hands on the article that presented these findings about female behavior, but if you look around it is out there.

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