Sexual Selection Revisited — Towards a Gender-Neutral Theory and Practice

  title={Sexual Selection Revisited — Towards a Gender-Neutral Theory and Practice},
  author={Malin Ah-King},
  journal={European Journal of Women's Studies},
  pages={341 - 348}
  • M. Ah-King
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • Psychology
  • European Journal of Women's Studies
In a recent issue of this journal, Vandermassen suggested that feminists should include sexual selection theory and evolutionary psychology in a unifying theory of human nature. In response, this article aims to offer some insight into the development of sexual selection theory, to caution against Vandermassen's unreserved assimilation and to promote the opposite ongoing integration — an inclusion of gender perspectives into evolutionary biology. In society today, opinions about maintaining… 

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