Sex Roles (2013) 69:546–548 DOI 10.1007/s11199-013-0314-z BOOK REVIEW Will We Make It to the Altar? Seeking to Unite Feminist and Evolutionary Scholarship Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Edited by Maryanne L. Fisher, Justin R. Garcia and Rosemarie Sokol Chang, New York, Oxford University Press, 2013. 485 pp. $85 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-19-989274-7 Julie Konik Published online: 18 October 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 The editors state that the purpose of their book is to spark provide the example of Thornhill and Palmer’s(2000)writing discussion regarding the intersections of evolutionary and fem- that rape can be evolutionarily adaptive. The editors suggest inist theories. Looking at the various perspectives in this vol- that this work on the evolution of rape (i.e., “what ‘is’”)has ume, it appears as if they will succeed in this goal. As they note, been mistakenly applied to social views of and punishment for some of the research included in the text is conceptualized rape (i.e., “what ‘ought’ to be”). Consequently, they call for within a feminist framework, while other work is included evolutionary researchers to explain their findings with the because women are the focal point, not that the research is utmost care
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