Thursday, July 03, 2008

Evolutionary psychology: Women prefer men with stubble? Oh, no wait - beards - but we can explain that too ...

At Pajamas Media, which is engaged in the entirely agreeable project of sending the MSM [legacy mainstream media] down the river, Roger Kimball pauses a moment to send up more Darwin nonsense:

“Women,” says a story in the London Telegraph , “prefer men with stubble for love, sex and marriage.”

Except, of course, for those who don’t.
But those women who don't prefer men with stubble are merely standing in the way of "science", right?

How dare such women interfere with "evolution" by preferring that the guy either grow a proper beard (and keep it trimmed) or shave - the usual choices for men for millennia? Well, as Kimball quotes for the authoritative "evolution" literature,
"The explanation for the preference is not clear, but experts in human evolution say that that facial hair may be a signal of aggression because it boosts the apparent size of the lower jaw, emphasising the teeth as weapons. "
And he asks,

Have you ever heard anything as silly? Well, if you trundle through the literature penned by “experts in human evolution” you undoubtedly have.
The thing is, there is so much of this stuff. It is like cleaning out a neglected barn. I've been working on the project for years.

(Note: If regular readers wonder why I have not posted much in recent days, that is because I was away in Ottawa for Canada Day. Ottawa is our national capital. Canada Day is July 1, which commemorates the beginnings of our country, July 1, 1867. The fireworks were excellent.)

Hat tip: Free Mark Steyn