The Descent of Woman Book Review

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I read The Descent of Woman for the first time during my brief but intense trashy novel phase when I was about 13, mainly because it talked so much about sex. 

Needless to say, it’s not a trashy novel, but rather a fascinating study of human evolution. As an adult, I’ve looked more into the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, and from what I’ve found, it seems to be mostly bunk. However, The Descent of Woman is such a well written, entertaining (often laugh-out-loud funny), and thought-provoking book that it’s remained one of my favorites despite its dubious scientific credentials. 

Additionally, I think that even if the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis itself is wrong, there is value in Morgan’s absolute evisceration of the sexism that pervaded popular scientific discussion of human evolution at the time, and which unfortunately still rears its ugly head from time to time today.

My rating: (5 / 5)