Friday, November 04, 2005
at it again.
Matthew Gillum (the grad student whose editorial excusing rapists on the basis of biological studies was met with utter disbelief on the part of ... well, lots of people) is at it again, with another editorial. His underlying message is the same: that we can't escape our evil DNA.
It may seem like a revolutionary concept in political science, but humans are primates, and an enormous body of evidence suggests they have been produced by natural selection and, therefore, have built-in psychological mechanisms designed to maximize gene transmission to future generations. Without a doubt, this is the primary purpose of human life. Most of us aspire to have happy families and, without consciously realizing it, are slaves to adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine.
If this is the primary purpose of human life, I side with Tolstoy: better the extermination of the human race than this abject view of life and of sex.
What about admitting that much of our culture actively seeks to exclude and oppress those who are not heterosexual males? What about taking some responsibility for our actions? What about morality? That's a word that makes some feminists nervous, because of the way it has been used oppressively in history. But it seems that this time, we have to fight for the recognition of something beyond the body. Something that provides a sense of justice. Something that is free from the manipulation of scientists.
I'm sick of people finding excuses for sexist behavior. We are capable of more - it's intolerable to argue otherwise.
ps. Message to YDN: publishing racist and sexist columns is not the way to foster "diversity of opinion." Some views are not legitimate and do not deserve to be aired.
Posted by Maggie at Friday, November 04, 2005