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7. D. Neff and T. Pitcher, "Genetic Quality and Sexual Selection: An Integrated Framework for Good Genes and Compatible Genes," Molecular Ecology 14(1): 19-38 (2005). 1 Here is a distillation of the key points. There are three classes of objections, three strikes. First are the great many species that depart from the sexual-selection templates of male and female behavior in one way or another. Second are the increasing number of species that appeared perfectly to fit sexual-selection theory, but who nonetheless do not support it when closely studied.
Darwin is the source for the phrases "passionate male" and "coy female," which are supposed to apply generally to the sex roles throughout nature. For example, take a walk in the park. Look at any bird, frog, fish, beetle, or butterfly, any animal at all, and according to Darwin's sexual-selection narrative, the male of the species is supposed to be passionate and the female coy. In making these claims, Darwin was enunciating a "norm" for sexual conduct throughout nature. By setting up a norm, any social behavior that differs from it can be branded as an "exception," or even as a "deviance," but if there are enough exceptions, maybe the "norm" is not really a norm, but just one of the many possibilities.
Neo-Spencerists have not scientifically demonstrated their world view of nature. They have merely stipulated it and ridicule any alternative view of nature as romantic wishful thinking. Well, I challenge the neo-Spencerists to be the scientists they claim to be, to engage and entertain alternative hypotheses objectively without descending to the personal and homophobic rebukes that have characterized their discourse so far. 2 The sexual-selection theory underwrites "genetic classism" by naturalizing a mythical urge on the part of females to locate and sleep with males who have the best genes.