Evolutionary biology and feminism

  title={Evolutionary biology and feminism},
  author={Patricia Adair Gowaty},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • P. Gowaty
  • Published 1 September 1992
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Human Nature
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