Was Darwin right about women?

Question by Truth Seeker and Deliverer: Was Darwin right about women?
The racism of evolution theory has been documented well and widely publicized. It is known less widely that many evolutionists, including Charles Darwin, also taught that women are biologically inferior to men. Darwin’s ideas, including his view of women, have had a major impact on society. In a telling indication of his attitude about women (just before he married his cousin, Emma Wedgewood), Darwin listed the advantages of marrying, which included: “. . . constant companion, (friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, object to be beloved and played with—better than a dog anyhow—Home, and someone to take care of house . . .” (Darwin, 1958:232,233).

Darwin reasoned that as a married man he would be a “poor slave, . . . worse than a Negro,” but then reminisces that, “one cannot live the solitary life, with groggy old age, friendless … and childless staring in one’s face….” Darwin concludes his discussion on the philosophical note, “there is many a happy slave” and shortly thereafter, married (1958:234).

Darwin concluded that adult females of most species resembled the young of both sexes and from this and the other evidence, “reasoned that males are more evolutionarily advanced than females” (Kevles, 1986:8). Many anthropologists contemporary to Darwin concluded that “women’s brains were analogous to those of animals,” which had “overdeveloped” sense organs “to the detriment of the brain” (Fee, 1979:418). Carl Vogt, a University of Geneva natural history professor who accepted many of “the conclusions of England’s great modern naturalist, Charles Darwin,” argued that “the child, the female, and the senile white” all had the intellect and nature of the “grown up Negro” (1863:192). Many of Darwin’s followers accepted this reasoning, including George Romanes, who concluded that evolution caused females to become, as Kevles postulated:

. . increasingly less cerebral and more emotional. Romanes . . . shared Darwin’s view that females were less highly evolved than males—ideas which he articulated in several books and many articles that influenced a generation of biologists. Romanes apparently saw himself as the guardian of evolution, vested with a responsibility to keep it on the right path. . . . University of Pennsylvania . . . paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope wrote that male animals play a “more active pan in the struggle for existence,” and that all females, as mothers, have had to sacrifice growth for emotional strength . . . (Kevles, 1986:8,9).

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Answer by Eric
This argument is no different from saying Hitler was a Catholic so everything Catholics say is wrong.

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