Reply to Read on rape

Rob Quinlan (C611417@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Tue, 17 Jan 1995 18:26:58 CST

I suggested that foraging societies might have more equality between
the sexes, because this is what I have been lead to believe. If this
is not true I would expect rape to occur in them as much as anywhere

Re question 2: different behaviors are adaptive in different ecological
contexts. Our minds are evolved (in part) to track our environments and
make decisions based on the assessment of the environment and the assessment
or ourselves. I don't think these are unreasonable assumptions. Although,
rape may sometimes be adaptive I don't consider it an adaptation, but a
facultative response. The ability to respond facultatively is an adaptation
(or perhaps a bunch of them).

As stated above, rape may sometimes be adaptive/fitness enhancing--although,
I never intended to suggest that rape increased fitness. Lieber mentioned
fitness. I was trying to explain/interpret it in terms of an evolved mind.
One of the things minds motivate us to do is seek copulations. They are
also evolved to process information. If the information in our culture
suggests to men that women are inferior (and perhaps hardly human at all)
and male minds tell them to seek copulations w/ women, then women will
be raped. It seems that knowledge of this might help us change the

Rob Quinlan