A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion. Craig T. Palmer Randy Thornhill.

A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion

The MIT Press, January 2000. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Item #192892
ISBN: 0262201259

In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to explain the cause of rape and to recommend new approaches to its prevention. According to Thornhill and Palmer, evolved adaptation of some sort gives rise to rape; the main evolutionary question is whether rape is an adaptation itself or a by-product of other adaptations. Regardless of the answer, Thornhill and Palmer note, rape circumvents a central feature of women's reproductive strategy: mate choice. This is a primary reason why rape is devastating to its victims, especially young women. Thornhill and Palmer address, and claim to demolish scientifically, many myths about rape bred by social science theory over the past 25 years. The popular contention that rapists are not motivated by sexual desire is, they argue, scientifically inaccurate.

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