Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New study on regressive cultural evolutionary adaptive lag

I call them regressives for a reason. See this story that highlights new research from the Archives of Sexual Behavior. E.g, regressives in the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Corp case argued that easy access to contraception promoted infidelity and promiscuity. This may be tied to the old school notion that women must economically depend on men. It stems from a "cultural evolutionary adaptive lag, that is, because the environment has changed faster than the moral system.” Such environmental changes include workplace equality, where women can earn enough money to take care of themselves and therefore are no longer economically dependent on men. And yet regressive beliefs are tied to prior times when women were so dependent. So instead of  catching up with the times they want to regress back to 'better' days.

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