Darwin, the Feminist

” The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man’s attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can woman–whether requiring deep thought, reason , or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands….The man has ultimately become superior to woman.”

Charles Darwin, Descent of Man,  563, 564


Stephen Gould, the paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History in Chicago, quoted one of Darwins enthusiastic contemporaries, Gustave Le Bon, on the subject of the evolution of women;

“In the most intelligent of races, as among Parisians, there are a large number of women whose brains are closer in size to a gorillas than to the most developed male brains. This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment…”

Gould, The Measure of Man, 1981, p.104-5


Charming, aren’t they?


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4 Responses to Darwin, the Feminist

  1. Tony J. Bowe says:

    Nice quotes, though sad. Ironic how 2009, “The Year of Darwin” is so subjective to overlook and ignore the morality of the man they hail as genius.


    • markho says:

      You’re right Tony, the media does an excellent job at covering up Darwins Racisism, evolutionary “sexism”, (though if evolution is true, than how could you say his view was wrong?) all his wierd phobias, the fact the theory was not new and his version was largely borrowed from his grandfather, Erasmus. Kind of reminds you of the way they do polotics, huh?….lol


  2. Kathryn says:

    For real. Good quotes. I mean bad quotes… but often ignored. Good job bringing them to the surface…


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