I. Contrasting Theories of Mind and Culture
a. Evolutionary psychologists subscribe to a very different theory of mind
and culture that anthropologists subscribe to.
b. The point of issue between evolutionary psychologists is not whether
various modes of
I. Marriage and Social Hierarchy
a. According to the gendered preference mechanisms for selecting a mate,
any woman young and attractive enough can marry a man in a high social
class (meaning that he has command of great resources).
a.i. This discounts th
I. Reconsidering the Gendered Division of Labor
a. It is problematic that evolutionary psychologists consider women the only
people concerned with the economic resources of potential mates.
b. While it is true that the gendered division of labor of middle
I. The Cultural Mediation of Kinship Categories and Groups
a. Categories of social groupings also suggest that kinship is based on
cultural understandings rather than genetic relatedness.
b. In some of our kinship groups, those we are closer to tend to be
I. Mother Kinship
a. One can also be the product of an egg donation from daughter to mother,
making the child a genetic daughter of the adult daughter, but a legal sister
b. While this multiplicity of mothers may be troubling for some Americans,
I. A Multiplicity of Mothers
a. The kinship category of mother is considered most self-evident.
b. Systems of kinship terminology are important to consider because they
help in a cross-cultural analysis of kinship and because they provide a
I. Challenging the Genetic Calculus of Kinship
a. Evolutionary psychologists dont properly address countering theories.
b. One study professes that parental nurturing of a child and the consequent
love is due to discriminatory allocation of parental inves
I. Origins of Kinship and Marriage
a. Over the past decade (since 2005) evolutionary psychologists have
purported to explain the origins of kinship and marriage across all
a.i. They presume a calculus of gender differentiation across cultures.
I. Unmarried Religious Women and Artificial Insemination
a. Few unmarried religiously observant women choose to conceive through
a.i. The women who choose artificial insemination are typically
considered modern orthodox.
I. Normalization through narration
a. Ones origin story is crucial to their development.
b. Many unmarried mothers try to leave the concept of a father out of
conversation and recognize how fathers can sometimes even be a negative
c. In Hebrew