Religion, Atheism and The Evolution of Symbolic Thought.

Stone tools provide the first evidence of the evolution of symbolic thought and began to emerge in our hominid ancestors around 2.5 million years ago. The cognitive architecture in the brain had to be in place before the first spark of creativity occurred, before the hominid looked at the crude lump of rock and saw the refined … Continue reading Religion, Atheism and The Evolution of Symbolic Thought.

MP’s report on sexual harassment in schools ignores evidence of female intrasexual competition

I had to rattle this off quickly  as a counter-point to the media frenzy today about this report.  Apologies for typos - there will be many! Toxic masculinity or female intrasexual competition? "MPs seek better plan to fight school sexual harassment Sexual harassment and abuse of girls are too often accepted as part of daily … Continue reading MP’s report on sexual harassment in schools ignores evidence of female intrasexual competition

Come see me speak in London 7th April at an Empirical Sex event

Thursday 7th April: “Sexy isn’t Sexist” Paula Wright @ The Clarence , Whitehall (Nearest tube: Charing Cross) TIckets about £4.00 - check link below "Paula Wright left Shotton Hall Comprehensive at 16 with zero qualifications and a recommendation from the careers advisor to do a YTS on the cheese counter at Prestos.  Today Paula is … Continue reading Come see me speak in London 7th April at an Empirical Sex event

When is a feminist not a feminist?

This essay was first published as "When is a Feminist Not a Feminist" as a guest blog on Lee Jussim’s Psychology Today Rabble Rowser blog here. Updated 13/9/17. “Feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes.” “Egalitarianism: The doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and … Continue reading When is a feminist not a feminist?

Darwinian Gender Studies: Unpoisoning the well

If any man could draw up a comprehensive, infallible guide to navigating this treacherous territory, we would certainly erect a statue to his everlasting memory. There is a Twitter account dedicated to exploring and enumerating precisely the distinctions and differences between the acceptably erotic and the intolerably sexist. It's called @SexyIsntSexist. It is, of course, … Continue reading Darwinian Gender Studies: Unpoisoning the well

#GamerGate: The Players and the Played

The #GamerGate controversy reached a new high (or low depending on your perspective) recently when one of its main protagonists, the radical feminist and cultural critic, Anita Sarkeesian, was featured on the front page of the New York Times. Ironically, in view of the focus of her criticism about passive female characterization in video games, she herself … Continue reading #GamerGate: The Players and the Played