ABOUT: Yes, Men Are Apes — As Are Women
Humans are great apes, a taxonomic family of primates that includes orangutans, gorillas, and pans (chimps and bonobos). The procreative job of the human male is to spread his seed widely. The job of the female is to be selective about whose seed she receives. Those are dramatically different biological blueprints. And therein lies one explanation for the many recent headlines about sexual misconduct by men. Our animal nature is undeniable. But is beastly behavior inevitable? Can understanding animal behavior liberate us from gender inequality?
Rebecca Coffey will explore these questions and more in a conversation with event producers Paulette Ross and Penny Peace.
Coffey will use science, nature and a bit of humor to explore how men and women differ and how a better understanding of animal behavior might liberate us from gender inequality. A conversation will follow led by Paulette Ross and Penny Peace, both of SuffrageForward. Recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the goal of the program is to build on SuffrageForward’s past presentations which aim to foster enlightening, inspiring community conversations.
The program is free (registration required), and will begin at 7pm.
ABOUT REBECCA COFFEY: Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist with broad national recognition. She contributes five features a month to Forbes.com, where she addresses evolution, science, health, and behavior. She has written regularly for Scientific American and Discover magazines, PsychologyToday.com, and Vermont Public Radio (where she was a frequent on-air contributor for almost a decade), and she also contributes science-informed op-eds to newspapers like The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and to many radio and internet outlets. Coffey is also a humorist (McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Defenestration, The Rumpus, a host of lit websites, and a book of literary humor) and a novelist (the highly praised, serio-comic Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story). Kirkus Reviews has likened Coffey to journalist and humorist Mary Roach.