One of the controversial themes I explore in my new book, Inferior
, is feminism's relationship to science. For many decades, feminist theory has been critical of scientific methods and practice
, and for good reason. Modern science was male-dominated from its very inception, and many theories about women as a result have been deeply sexist. One field that has done particularly badly on this front is evolutionary biology. Last week, The Guardian
published an editorial claiming that what evolutionary biology tells us is irrelevant to human values and feminist theory. Today, I have a leader in the paper
arguing the opposite: that evolutionary biology in fact now offers women what it should always have offered - a fresh and empowering way to think about themselves and their history.