Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection
by Evelleen Richards
University of Chicago Press, 2017
Cloth: 978-0-226-43690-6 | eISBN: 978-0-226-43706-4
Library of Congress Classification QH31.D2R45 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 576.82
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"It troubled Darwin, a privileged white Victorian man, to impute agency to women and aesthetic discrimination to non-Europeans. His peers rejected the theory. But biologists are revisiting it. Science historian Evelleen Richards’s book vividly excavates its origins. Darwin developed his ideas on sexual selection while immersed in fields as diverse as embryology and pigeon breeding. Deeply personal matters such as choosing his wife, Emma, and daily preoccupations such as women’s fashions, also played a part. In Richards’s view, Darwin’s opposition to slavery did not, as others argue, motivate his work on sexual selection. What did was his human attempt to answer scientific, political, social and personal questions."