Archive for the ‘AGAINST NATURE’ Category

The Campaign For Equal Wives

Since young men are tamed by marriage (the women citing their own moral superiority, but it could just as well be due to the fulfilment of male biological ambition), the growing imbalance between the number of women and men who marry has been called a serious threat to our social stability. How much more severe […]

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 13:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 3 Comments
In: AGAINST NATURE, "Love" Contra Social Stability

Matchmaking And Stability

Societies in which every man has his own wife, and no man has more than one, are more stable than the polygamous cultures that generate whole cohorts of frustrated young males. Religions that promulgated monogamy may have been powered, or even created, by this desire for stability. That includes Islam, which originally set out vastly […]

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 12:16 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: AGAINST NATURE, "Love" Contra Social Stability

The Bollywood Scenario

However much it serves to stabilise society by extending the breeding franchise, arranged marriage can also be perceived as oppressive, particularly when the young people are not given veto rights. Men obliged to marry some woman they don’t want generally have the option of taking a mistress or going to the brothel; understandably enough, therefore, […]

The Gregorian Paradox

In the late eleventh century the Gregorian programme of church reform declared war on the concept of marriage hitherto espoused by the aristocracy, namely, the patriarchal disposal of women in the interests of the noble house. It introduced the startling novelty of bridal consent. This was often a dead letter, not least when, as was […]

Back To The Lek

Whenever control of reproduction by the kin-group or wider society, which as far as we know is unique to Homo sapiens, breaks down, then the human reproductive pattern moves back towards that found in the rest of the animal kingdom. There, females breed with the “superior” males, whether by choice following a courtship ritual or […]

The Economics Of Infanticide

There are sound evolutionary reasons for parental solicitude to be selective, discriminating in favour of those offspring that are likely to survive and have viable children of their own. In some social settings, female infanticide is a rational strategy, as male inheritance and polygyny means that sons may obtain wealth, power and reproductive success while […]

To Kill Or Not To Kill Your Daughters

The prevalence of female abortion and infanticide in India and China, especially combined with the return of Chinese concubinage, suggests either that modern human beings lack the instincts to make the correct choice of the sex of their offspring, or we have misunderstood the nature of the game. Other animals seem to adjust the sex […]

We Are SO A Lekking Species

Having analysed the evolution of sexual display in creatures like the pheasant, Matt Ridley asks whether some men are “successful with women because their appearance sends an honest signal of their handicapping good genes and their ability to resist disease?” He dismisses it as ridiculous, on the grounds that “men succeed with women for much […]

Posted on July 26, 2009 at 12:16 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: AGAINST NATURE, "Love" Contra Social Stability

Bastard Blood Will Out?

In an environment with no contraception, it is said, any genetic predisposition to sexual recklessness may be expected to proliferate. Given our present quite considerable level of sexual recklessness, this suggests one of two things: either our remote ancestors were considerably more prudent and responsible in sexual matters than we are, which might dictate a […]

Lamps And Philtres

A major trope of Western medieval and renaissance literature was the love-philtre. This may be simultaneously an expression and a critique of the distressing randomness of sexual attraction. In the Eros and Psyche legend, the girl was visited by a midnight lover, whom she was condemned never to see. When she lit a lamp in […]