The Big Bad Wolf: Masculinity and Genetics in Popular Culture

Publication year
2007
Journal
Literature and Medicine
Volume
26.1
Pages
109-125
Comment

Popular proponents of evolutionary psychology insist that, if we accept Darwin’s theory of evolution, we must acknowledge today’s gender role behavior as a relic from the days when men were hunters. Trouble arises when these predatory men get confused about the difference between women and prey. [...] Outside of the popular sphere, evolutionary psychology remains quite controversial. (110)

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The alpha male has provided the writers of contemporary romances with a way to retain the domineering hero of bygone days while simultaneously updating the heroine to reflect the sensibilities of modern women, who apparently no longer relish the fantasy of being ignorant, helpless children. (118)