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Dec 24 2011

Bingo Cards for Evo Psych blog comments

Quick, print out a copy of this card, nicked from The JAYFK, and try it out with Bering in Mind‘s pedophile-enabling nonsense. Oh, sorry, hebephile. Which is like pedophile, only the middle-aged adults are kind enough to wait for these children to enter puberty, which limits the kids to 8 at the absolute youngest. How generous of them!

Evolutionary Psychology Bingo Card

If you haven’t gotten a Bingo hit by the end of the post, see Gross Anatomy’s comments over at Stephanie’s. I’m sure you’ll be a winner by the end of the thread! The loser: your sanity.

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  1. 1
    Juniper Shoemaker

    Yes, I love it when “evolutionary psychologists” argue that it’s normal for men to want sex with little girls. And, when I say “I love it”, I mean, “I puke”.

    Incidentally, Tom Robbins makes a similar argument in the novel Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, wherein his thirty-something straight white male protagonist Switters, a CIA agent, fucks impoverished fourteen- and fifteen-year-old girls in Southeast Asia and “justifies” it by giving them enough money to get married to suitable boys of their own age, race and class. Fierce Invalids also features borderline racist attitudes of the type harbored by a straight white male author who fancies himself “intellectual”, “edgy” and persecuted by “political correctness”. (To be fair, Robbins probably never expected a black girl like me to read his work. Everyone knows that black girls don’t read novels, with the exception of silly “black” ones such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back.) But I won’t get into that right now.

    (I read Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and Still Life with Woodpecker before swearing off Tom Robbins for good. The only reason why I gave his novels a chance is because all of my “edgy” white acquaintances at Berkeley enthusiastically recommended them to me, and the only reason why I’m not surprised that FTB readers recommended him to Jen at Blag Hag in response to a post titled “Feminist Fantasy” is because I suspect the FTB demographic is very similar to that I had to endure in college. Sorry, between the depressing visitors to Stephanie’s blog and a lot of bad memories, I’m not in a very good mood right now.)

  2. 2
    msironen

    I love it when you accept the findings of evolutionary psychologists like “men have a biological imperative to continue their lineage (= all men are rapists)”. And, when I say “I love it”, I mean “I puke.”

  3. 3
    Jason Thibeault

    And I love it when you presume anyone here has ever said all men are rapists, or backed it up with evo psych. And by love it I mean I facepalm.

  4. 4
    Juniper Shoemaker

    I love it when you accept the findings of evolutionary psychologists like “men have a biological imperative to continue their lineage (= all men are rapists)”.

    You can fuck right off, because neither I nor the author of this blog have ever held this position.

  5. 5
    Jason Thibeault

    He has fucked off, actually, into moderation (with an assist on my part), for having said something potentially legally actionable on the Marieke Hardy post from today. It was moderate him and that comment, or risk more of Meggitt’s friends coming along and demanding I take it down or be sued like they did with other comments.

    Between this and the infected wisdom tooth extraction site that Jodi’s dealing with, that’s two recurrent infections I’ve had to deal with on Christmas Eve. Seasons’ tidings indeed.

  6. 6
    msironen

    The blog author seems to consider the statement “all men are potential rapists” perfectly legitimate though, so he’s obviously comfortable with dividing men into “men who have raped” and “men who haven’t raped YET”.

    Anyway, I currently count 6 blocks in the bingo that are empirically supportable. But empiricism is feminism’s bitch, right?

  7. 7
    Jason Thibeault

    Approved just because I can show that the statement I’ve actually made, “everyone is a potential rapist”, is not a statement that is against men, and that it does not mean that people can be divided into “rapists” and “soon-to-be-rapists”. And I can do it very easily.

    All I have to do is provide the corollary statement, “all people are potential astronauts”. Because you don’t know whether the person you’re talking to is an astronaut or not, you can’t presume they aren’t, and if you were afraid of astronauts, you might be “irrationally” afraid while walking around at night in a darkened alley and encountering a person with a NASA patch on their hat. But that doesn’t mean one can divide the world into “astronauts” and “soon-to-be-astronauts”.

    But that’s enough from msironen. The only comment I might let through, and that possibly only in part, is any comment he sends that shows some of this empirical evidence for any block on the bingo card.

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    Juniper Shoemaker

    The only comment I might let through, and that possibly only in part, is any comment he sends that shows some of this empirical evidence for any block on the bingo card.

    In order to do that, he (or she?) is going to have to leave off witlessly sniping at “feminism” long enough to explain how researchers measured “desire”, “adaptation”, “attractiveness” or whatever variables are involved in the arguments on his six lucky bingo squares. He is also going to have to demonstrate his understanding of the importance of experimental controls and the difference between science and the pseudoscience that is systematic empiricism. In order for me to take the arguments seriously, at least. I’m not holding my breath.

    I should add that nothing would turn me into an advocate for old creepy men who feel entitled to sex with little girls. Evolutionary explanations are attempts to understand the diversity of life. They’re not intended as ethical guidelines.

    I am sorry about Jodi’s infection. I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted around Christmastime of my eighteenth year, and I couldn’t eat anything but banana milkshakes and Vicodin for what felt like fucking weeks. Plus, the Vicodin made me barf. I have deep sympathy and hope you both have a decent holiday.

  9. 9
    Jeremy Stersky

    I love this blog post. It’s so much fun. Can you imagine playing a bingo game with this type of bingo board? It’s great. What more can I say? Evolutionary Psychology is not my forte but I can certainly learn a thing or two from reading this post. Thanks again – and Happy New Year to one and all. Jeremy Stersky :)

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