December 19th, 2007

breaking bad

Not as much fun as the title implies

It's difficult to know where to start. Desmond Morris has written a book called 'The Naked Man', about the innate superiority of human males over females (I don't mean that I've cleverly teased out this underlying implication - that's the overt message of the book).

The inescapable conclusion is that the history of humanity is the history of man, not of woman.... the fascinating development of human society: buildings and roads, technology and art, music and literature, the whole of science and industry. These are all, Morris argues, great fruits of the human male brain. He says: "The human male has had the most impact on the planet than any other life form. Women are responsible and men are more playful and it is this playfulness that is our species' greatest achievement."*

Yes, all of these things, all literature, all science, since the dawn of time, all are due to the male brain, apparently.

The argument made by the book has been well summarised by Echidne, and the comments to that post are of very high quality.
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