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Evolutionary Advantage?

Posted on Monday March 10, 2008 at 1:00am in

I was reading this article called The Gender Blur: Where Does Biology End and Society Take Over by Deborah Blum and it raised some questions that I’ve had before but wasn’t able to completely express. What is the evolutionary advantage of aggressiveness? Males are predominately aggressive, bloodthirsty and cuthroat. Females are innately passive and gentler. So my big question for the day is this: What is the evolutionary advantage of aggressiveness? What good does having males such as this do? Note that not this includes not only humans but a very great variety of species including apes, fish, elephants, dogs, the list goes on. Men commit the majority of violent crime. Name all the vicious female dictators you can. Name all the male ones. See what I’m getting at here?

If you think about it, would the world be better off with only females or at least males who are highly feminine? What would be the ill effects of removing all that aggression from the gene pool? All aggression could be used for is harming other humans (or animals) and how does that benefit anything?

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