ANTH 216 ANTH216 Problem Set 9 Solution (Penn State University)

ANTH 216 ANTH216 Problem Set 9 Solution (Penn State University)

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ANTH 216 Problem Set 9 Solution (Penn State University)

1. Many behavioral traits of men and women (eg. certain mating preferences) should be regarded as evolved adaptations.

2. The following questions concern the naturalistic fallacy (chapter 1).

3. Rape is an extreme form of conflict between the sexes, but not all researchers want to view it as “sexual conflict”.

a. What is the conventional social science explanation of rape?

b. Are there any problems with this model; that is, do its predictions match the occurrence of rape?

c. Outline an adaptive explanation for rape and explore the degree to which it fits or does not fit the evidence.

d. If rape were adaptive, would all men be expected to be rapists?

e. If the adaptive explanation of rape were correct, what societal changes might it suggest for reducing the frequency of rape?


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