The Penis Is To Blame For All World Problems?January 23, 2012 4 Comments
War, border tensions, street violence — all of these maladies are caused by the male sex drive, say psychologists. A new study supports the “male warrior hypothesis” that men evolved to be aggressive, especially towards outsiders.
Researchers say that males needed to be aggressive in order to get the girl and reproduce. So through natural selection come the aggressive, violent males we see today. The aggression used to attract mates has evolved into religious feuds, fights between football fans and violence between territories, say psychologists.
Women, on the other hand, have evolved to resolve conflicts peacefully and protect their children, the study suggests.
Although these generalizations can be very problematic, the study has a point. How many women do you see getting in bar fights or commanding wars?
However, there could be more to blame for this trend than evolution. Throughout history women have also been taught to suppress this kind of “male” aggression, while society has encouraged it in men. What started out as a survival method in tribal times has been socially reproduced through generations. It is now seen as the norm for each gender.
So can we really say that men’s libido causes all wars? Not likely. Human beings are far more complicated than that and it’s important to look at all aspects of human behaviour for solutions to these problems.
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