the worst thing zoology (primatology specifically) has ever given the world is this fake-scientific way of talking about human relationships and gender dynamics the same way you might talk about herons or gorillas. bars described as “male rivals” engaging in “competition” over…
Sorry, but no. If you want to lay that at the feet of scientists, throw it down in front of the psychologists and sociologists who took concepts that were never meant to be applied to humans, wrapped them up in pseudo-pop-science and sold them to journalists who are hungry for soundbites.
It’s the same with eugenics and social darwinism. A bunch of people who didn’t even have a proper understanding of the mechanics behind natural selection took something Darwin expressly stated should not be applied to humans and turned it into a social policy with which to eradicate everything they thought sub-standard.
Evolutionary psychology is not grounded in evolutionary theory. It’s a bunch of unscientific just-so stories that should frankly be scorched off the face of the earth because it uses some of the most brilliant and revolutionary discoveries of biology and turns them into a sick joke.