Mary Versus Eve: Paternal Uncertainty and the Christian View of Women

@article{Tumanov2011MaryVE,
  title={Mary Versus Eve: Paternal Uncertainty and the Christian View of Women},
  author={V. Tumanov},
  journal={Neophilologus},
  year={2011},
  volume={95},
  pages={507-521}
}
The Virgin Mary and Eve constitute two opposite sexual poles in the way Christian discourse has approached women since the time of the church fathers. This stems from a predicament faced by the human male throughout hominid evolution, namely, paternal uncertainty. Because the male is potentially always at risk of unwittingly raising the offspring of another male, two (often complementary) male sexual strategies have evolved to counter this genetic threat: mate guarding and promiscuity. The… Expand
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