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Bitch

On the Female of the Species

by Lucy Cooke

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Bitch by Lucy Cooke
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    Jun 2022, 400 pages

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An adventurous exploration of female animals throughout the world that challenges centuries of sexist scientific theory.

In middle school biology class, many of us were told that men hunt and women nest, that testosterone-driven males dominate in the animal kingdom, and that females are naturally disposed to motherhood and nurturing their helpless offspring. The problem is that these shibboleths aren't backed up by unwavering scientific evidence, as Lucy Cooke eloquently and enjoyably explains in Bitch: On the Female of the Species.

The nod in the title to Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) is very apt. Cooke demonstrates, chapter by chapter and species by species, that while the great man's theory of natural selection was truly groundbreaking, his related theory of sexual selection — which explains, for example, why peacocks have a huge tail that attracts a mate but doesn't otherwise help with survival — reflected Victorian gender stereotypes as much as observational science. By ...

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