Don’t Know Much About Biology

I can’t imagine why Republicans have a woman problem with idiots like Erick Erickson spouting insane shit like this:

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.”

Actually, no. Not even close, idiot.

Erickson, who shared these pearls of wisdom in an all-male panel discussion about working women on Loud Obbs, is showing his remarkable ignorance of science, evolution, and the natural world — not to mention history and anthropology. He’s pathetically trying to shoe-horn his right-wing ideology exactly where it doesn’t belong, and he’s making an ass of himself. May I suggest another place to put that ideology? Some place dark, moist, and not all that pleasant-smelling?

The one thing any observer of the natural world knows is that the animal kingdom is marked by its diversity. Boy Biologist Erick’s first mistake was to open his yap and say “typically” in regards to the natural world. Because nothing is typical in nature. No such thing, Boy Biologist. But Erick seems to think because male homo sapiens are physically larger than females, every species is that way. His second mistake was to equate size with dominance — something else not borne out in the natural world. Sometimes, but not always. Especially not when dealing with species such as humans, with our ginormous brains and all.

Let’s start at the bottom of the food chain for an example. That would be the male spider, frequent post-coital meal of the larger, more dominant female spider. Or let’s look at fish. Did you know that all clownfish are born male? And the most dominant male clownfish becomes female? True story. It appears a male clownfish’s highest aspiration is to be female. Suckit, Boy Biologist.

The animal kingdom is filled with examples of female-dominant sexual dimorphism. And in many animal species, it’s not just size which matters: it’s social order and behavior, too. Look at hyenas, where females have all the power — and it’s inherited, regardless of other hyenas’ age or size. Even in primates, female dominance is prevalent.

But silly me. Boy Biologist Erickson and his friends at Loud Obbs don’t care about science. They are anti-science, we all know it. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t keep opening their yaps and letting all the stupid fall out.

Here’s some science for you guys. This one comes from the Southern Beale archive:

You know, I can’t imagine what it’s like to have my reproductive organs flying around loose in the breeze where any predator, fungus or hunting accident could come along and snip it all off, making me evolutionarily irrelevant. That’s a hard burden to bear, a not-so-subtle reminder of how biologically dispensable you guys really are. There are always more males out there willing to spread their seed; it’s the female of the species who carries the burden of the species’ survival. We’re the ones who not only bear the young but care for them as well.

This isn’t me talking feminist claptrap, this is basic evolutionary biology: the bird that’s going to get snapped up at the feeder is the bright red highly visible male cardinal, not the drab brown female blessed with a natural protective camouflage. She’s more important in the grand scheme, which is why she’s been given this protection. God I know that chaps y’all’s ass big time.

It’s the battle of the sexes, played out over thousands of years. Men are bigger and stronger and take down a mammoth but for all your bravado it’s we women who keep the species going. And you’re just dying to control that, too.

Sorry, fellas. I love you, I really do. But when it comes to science and stuff? You’re sorta disposable. That doesn’t mean I’m ready to retire to Amazonia, I’m just pointing out what we science-y types learned in evolutionary biology 101.

So yes, Republicans, do tell me how the war on women is all in our pretty heads and how you’re not anti-science. I’m all ears.


Filed under conservatives, Erick Erickson, evolution, feminism

15 responses to “Don’t Know Much About Biology

  1. deep

    It’s God’s will Beale!



  2. Wonder if the fool even HAD a mother? Maybe he was raised by wolves? And what about the queen bee? He needs to find one of THOSE females and dominate her!
    Yep, it IS THE war on women…fur sure.

  3. Well, first off, in view of the huge cock up the human race is, I wouldn’t be too eager to claim god as being of my gender.

    But, more to the point, I just want you to know how grateful i am that my lovely wife allows me to read your blog. 😉


  4. GregH

    Oh, go ahead and fuse those ova in a test tube and make us guys 100% irrelevant and obsolete already!

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  6. democommie

    Ants. Lions. Elephants. In all three groups of species females are pretty much in charge. Male lions and bull elephants get to be the baby daddy but the ladycats and femelphants don’t gotta try to kill each other in order to have sex. I’m just sayin’.

    I can’t speak for whose in charge in slimemold society but I’m sure Eric can fill us in on that group–it’s his homeboyz.

  7. Loud Obbs

    I am so going to steal that. If anyone still says that.

    On the other hand, you must have come across the same thing all across the political alleged spectrum. Go to YouTube, do a search for Rebecca Watson, read the comment threads of several of the videos, be prepared to be astonished at the unreconstructed sexism.
    I’m in the midst of doing an experiment, Gyn Like Me. I’ll be writing up the results at my blog.

    • … If anyone still says that.

      Prob’ly not. It’s an oldie but a goodie, going back to his CNN days as a racist anti-immigrant crusader. But he’ll always be Loud Obbs to me, just as Chris Matthews will always be Tweety.

      • GregH

        I guess “Lewd Obbs” wouldn’t be appropriate….until he gets caught harrassing a female intern. [tick, tick, tick…] 😉