Intern Katy in a blog-roundup post at Jezebel says
Katynels posted an article titled “Why is there no female Tiger Woods?“ in which Richard Cohen writes: “women seem not to have the evolutionary urge to couple with cheaply dressed strangers. They have a stronger need to mother – to have a child and then raise that child.” Yup, he really breaks down the whole Tiger Woods-sex-scandal thing to Darwinian urges. Reductionist, but topical!
Riiiggghht. See, there’s this one guy, this Tiger Woods guy, who’s biological imperative makes him do this stuff that…
...he’s embarrassed and ashamed of enough to hide… even though it’s some kind of genetic imperative, as pre-determined as growing fingers on the end of your hands during fetal development, right?
And (at last count anyway) there’s, like, eight or nine women who’ve come forward to admit they “coupled” with this toolbagishly dressed stranger.
So… One guy who sleeps around, eight women who sleep around, and this guy stands there with is bare face hanging out talking about evolutionary urges.
And yeah, yeah, the “evolutionary argument” is that, well, those women don’t count since they’re just opportunity maximizing [insert random gendered derogatory term here] instead of being proper women.
Look, point being this guy Cohen can’t just go around claiming men are going around doing stuff with individuals he’s claiming have no, zero, none “natural” interest in anything but “a stronger need to mother – to have a child and then raise that child” when… pretty clearly… for every man who’s promiscuous with multiple hetero partners there sort of by-definition have to be a corresponding umber of women to be hetero partners with!
At some point it stops being about morality, or “science” and starts being about arithmetic.
(Also, gee, maybe Tiger Woods is all ashamed and upset because despite his promiscuity he loves his wife and children and doesn’t want to be separated from them. Which ought to be its own post.)
Finally, I’ll stop ranting about Evolutionary Psychology as soon as they stop making the kind of errors in logic and rhetoric that would get, say, a anthropologist, chemist, or dental hygiene student flunked out their freshman year. Because stuff like this matters. It slurs actual men and snubs real women and creates expectations that serve no one.