Rape 's Argument For Rape Essay

816 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
The final, and quite arguably the most effective and worthy point working against an explanation of rape in the lens biological essentialism is the rape of individuals who are not able to reproduce. Since Thornhill and Palmer’s central claim of an evolutionary adaptation for rape is that an individual desires to sire as many children as possible, then why are those who cannot reproduce raped? According to RAINN, of all reported sexual assault cases, 15% of victims are under the age of 12. Furthermore, of said juvenile victims, 82% are females, whereas the remaining are boys. Also, in 1995, local child protection services acknowledged 126,000 children were victims of either reoccurring or instantaneous sexual abuse. Of this sizeable sum of children, nearly 30% were between the ages of four and seven (rainn.org, 2015). These statistics are disheartening and unsettling, particularly given A Natural History of Rape’s argument for the continuation of procreating. According to the Kids Health website, the average age for menarche (a girl’s first period) is 12 years of age. Naturally there are discrepancies as some girls start their first menstrual cycle at earlier or later ages, but those situations do not differ by more than two years (m.kidshealth.org, 2015). Given these statistics, girls are raped far earlier than they could possibly give birth to a child. So how would Thornhill and Palmer explain a man’s raping of a four-year-old girl? The two anthropologists devote a…

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