You may want to hold your nose if you go below the fold. The National Review waded into the sewer of right-wing misogyny, and decided to spruce the place up by taking a giant steaming shit:
NatRev — What do women want? The conventional biological wisdom is that men select mates for fertility, while women select for status — thus the commonness of younger women’s pairing with well-established older men but the rarity of the converse. The Demi Moore–Ashton Kutcher model is an exception — the only 40-year-old woman Jack Nicholson has ever seen naked is Kathy Bates in that horrific hot-tub scene. Age is cruel to women, and subordination is cruel to men. Ellen Kullman is a very pretty woman, but at 56 years of age she probably would not turn a lot of heads in a college bar, and the fact that she is the chairman and CEO of Dupont isn’t going to change that.
Wow, hard to believe the author, Kevin Williamson, is still single, eh ladies?
So the thesis statement is might makes right, and Mitt Romney is an alpha male, yo, and that’s how evolution works, so why argue with it or hide it? This is something to celebrate!
Well, for one thing, luck is not heritable, and Mittens owes his entire fortune to luck. Either that or he somehow overcame the handicap of being born the son of a CEO governor, while his opponent started from the enviable vantage of being the biracial son of a single Kansas mom living much of her life in third-world countries and went on to become the first black president of the United States. So evolution doesn’t do us a lot of good here, Kevin. Find a good luck allele and we can talk. Until then my money is on the black guy.
The second laughfest is the author’s infatuation with the concept of an alpha male and the harem society. This is an item of interest in anthropology for a number of species … like mountain gorillas. I suppose if Mittens had missed the apex of the evolutionary ladder by a notch or two and yet somehow retained his purported superior characteristics, he would have been a highly successful silver-back now munching the leaves of a banana tree surrounded by his sexy hairy harem and adorable frolicking young.
Of course we are not gorillas, our closest relative is the chimpanzee, where leadership is a far more fluid thing shared between male and female groups that function something like a criminal gang. In that society younger and less fortunate members are often beaten to within an inch of their lives, or gang raped, or both. It’s true that in many cases the biggest baddest chimp male does more than his share of beating and raping, but can we all agree that chimp behavior is not an ideal roadmap for preferred human conduct?
Indeed, raping is one possible way spread your genes if you’re a chimp — unless the females happen to have secret secretions that shut those invader sperm down, a belief that probably has far more currency among those who reject human evolution than those who study it. Another great way to win in evolution’s casino is to steal your competitors food and mates, better yet just murder their children and rip off their testicles. Problem solved, victor Roma.
But generations of humans have worked real hard, with varying degrees of success, to eliminate those brutal reproductive strategies from our repertoire. I think we’d all say we’ve done that for the betterment of all and that includes idiots like Williamson. Lucky for him other bloggers can outline the shortcomings in his brand of submissive brown-nosing with just an affectionate symbolic scratch on the exposed belly, instead of biting off his penis and driving the point home by raping his mate.