August 14th, 2003

breaking bad

rough garden

I know very little about Joan Roughgarden, but I like what I read in this article from the Guardian today, about her subversion of sociobiology.

Two points in particular appeal to me:

Firstly that sexuality is a social rather than a primarily reproductive activity among complex and sociable animals like us.

According to this, much of the sexual behaviour observed in (those kinds of) animals is not designed to propagate genes, at least not directly.

Once you have conceded this point, much of the oppressive infrastructure of bioological determinism of human sexuality falls away.

The second part of her theory is that females do not choose males for their genes, as Darwin taught, but to avoid "deadbeat dads". She says females manage male power by selecting for good fathers rather than good sperm. This, she believes, creates a marketplace for reproductive opportunity.

And this I think is also very true. Are there any women anywhere who are actually attracted to the kind of men we are told by scientists we are supposed to find sexy? (What a convoluted sentence that is).

I think it's about time we developed a scientific discourse on sexuality which reflected what we actually feel and want, rather than the boring narrow paradigms that are presented to us as 'options'.
breaking bad

Bread does not nourish me is a good site to find a poem. What I was interested in was their top 50 most viewed poems.

Here is the top ten, it is a mixture of the entirely predictable and the surprising

1 - 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning (great poem but I am surprised to see it at Number 1)
2 - 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost (Yawn)
3 - 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath (Predictable, not really my cup of tea)
4 - 'Saddest Poem' by Pablo Neruda (great to see this here)
5 - 'I crave your moth your voice your hair' also by Neruda (man this is a fantastic poem, see it below)
6 - 'Do not go gentle' by Dylan Thomas (I would have guessed this would be #1)
7 - 'Love' by Neruda (what all this Neruda?)
8 - 'Because I would not stop for death' by Emily Dickinson (can't help but like it)
9 - 'Design' by Robert Frost (that's the one about a white spider on a white flower)
10 - 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' by Shakespeare (not his best sonnet though is it?)

It's worth reading the whole list

And now that coveted number 5 spot, snipped for space.

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