Re: Controlling the male sex drive

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 08 Oct 1999 15:33:42 -0500

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> What /does/ strongly suggest that the difference is biological
> rather than cultural is that much of the beefcake in that 5% is
> nominally targeted at women because that's culturally acceptable
> while the marketers and sellers know the reality is that it is
> bought mostly by gay men.

Wait a minute. I don't see that. What suggests a difference is biological is constancy across cultures ranging from twentieth-century America through hunter-gatherer society and a strong evolutionary explanation.

I consider "proof beyond reasonable doubt" to be constancy across species, and either an evolutionary explanation that was used to predict previously undiscovered features, or an evolutionary explanation which fits a quantitative curve (pre-hoc or post-hoc). The suggestion that the male sex drive is geared toward quantity (more so than females) while the female drive is geared toward quality (more so than males) has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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