Well, it's been a real treat to learn that finally the great question has been answered -- Why do males rape? It was so perplexing to us when we read about men raping post menopausal women, their own daughters, babies, sheep and other men, for example.
It seemed so, so, well, disgusting. Now comes two academics in evolutionary biology and anthropology to explain it all to us -- Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer in "A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion."
Their explanation: It's because they "had to find a way to be selected" so they could reproduce! It's because they feel sexy and women are asking for it by the way they dress. Shucks, all this time we thought it was about power, humiliation and violence when really, THEY JUST CAN'T HELP IT.
Well, finally getting the answer to this age-old situation spurred us on to investigate another strange thing that has puzzled us -- what is all the fuss and preoccupation about the mounds of skin-covered protuberances on women's chests?
We know that at one time, unless a woman was wearing an evening gown, these mounds must, at all costs, NOT be exposed. Yet we just learned (paragraph 2) that the way a woman is dressed spurs males on even more to desire sex and procreation. All very confusing -- Conceal or expose? Reveal or disguise? Fashion or safety? Guilt or conformity? What IS a woman to do?
But what is inexplicable is WHY a portion of human skin with a nipple on it, covering UNSEEN adipose tissue, glands and striated muscle, is anathema, while a portion of skin with a nipple on it, covering UNSEEN adipose tissue and striated muscle, is OK to expose. We wondered how this ever came about.
So we checked the scientific sources used by those learned anthropologists and evolutionary biologists in their rape, er, we mean "sexual coercion" study. We searched everything: ancient cave paintings, time travelers, witchcraft, tea leaves, chicken innards and several sources in the sci/fi community (just to name a few) and discovered that all the fuss is only HOOTERBOSUM-ENVY.
No! It's not what you think. Males really don't want mammary glands and adipose tissue under their nipples. What they want are structures bigger and better than what women have on their chests. So they have, over the ages, attempted to compete by developing a pair of chest muscle, pectoralis majori.
You see, when women and men first walked upright, they were both naked and doubtless cold and hungry most of the time so little thought was given as to which gender had the more prominent chest. But as the centuries passed and life became a bit easier, the male ego took note of the disparity and tried to create a chestly growth superior to females.
One of the most common methods used was to thump one's chest with great force at the same time giving out with a mighty bellow which was intended to be heard as threatening, but really was caused by the pain. Thump as they would, they still could not cause a swelling equal to the size that most of the women projected, seemingly with no thump or effort at all.
As time progressed and males found they could do nothing about their problem, they decided to forbid females from exhibiting that which was better than they could achieve. They demanded that women must keep those things covered! Now they would no longer be reminded of their deficiency, but they never lost their envy of women's superstructural superiority -- they just couldn't help it. Of course the male's obsession continues even today as revealed in his unceasing quest for certain issues of Sports Illustrated and buxom bodies through the Internet. He stares with fixation at women's chests, seldom able to raise his eyes to theirs, and tantrum-like, he has affixed a multitude of derogatory names for that which he has failed to successfully compete with.
THE FINAL PROOF, that has come down through the thousands of years, attesting to his all consuming envy is that he has NOT given multiple, derogatory, slang names to what he most desires -- PECS. He dreams of mighty pecs that will dwarf the female's chest protuberances.
But, short of pec augmentation, it is not to be. It takes a lot of work to obtain well developed pecs, even with hormone pills. When they are attained, they must be exhibited. Other males love to look at them -- that is why MALES still may appear in public with bare breasts, er pecs -- even when they have gone all droopy.
And so it is today that males are still caught up in that ego trip that began centuries ago. We can only marvel at the spectacle of Bill, Alan, John, Al and "W," each sporting his "arm candy" as proof of his virility and virtual ownership of hooterbosoms. Each pounding loudly on his chest and howling fiercely at each other and at WE, THE ELECTORATE -- without a clue as to why they are doing it.
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