Does Western Women's Dress Sense Increase The Threat Of Terrorism From Al'Qaeda?

Does Western Women's Dress Sense Increase The Threat Of Terrorism From Al'Qaeda?

  • Yes - The provocative & revealing clothing of western women adds to the justification of terrorism..

    Votes: 4 30.8%
  • No - Women should be allowed to walk naked if they want to, without the threat of rape from men.

    Votes: 9 69.2%

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slysoon said:
You explicitly stated Polynesian exploration and colonization was due in part to intelligence:
But not more intelligence. You were arguing that female promiscuity degraded intelligence, as well as expansion and innovation and cultural sophistication. That was a counterexample.
slysoon said:
“… and in the case of the Polynesians who did it … a higher rate of female promiscuity than was found in the stagnant cultures they left behind”

- which implies that these stagnant cultural neighbours were not as intelligent (and culturally sophisticated) as the Polynesians.
There is no such implication of superior intelligence in my arguments. That is strictly your own take on the matter.
slysoon said:
I then noted how Unwin’s anthropological and historical studies unearthed a human cultural trend - cultures which become increasingly promiscuous stagnate and weaken relative to their initial cultural standing, and cultures which become increasingly sexually repressive and monogamous grow relative to their initial cultural standing.
Unwin unearthed nothing of the kind - he invented correlations between factors he had no way of measuring or evaluating in 1920, and assumed causal dependencies between these correlations for which he had no source but his own cultural biases.
slysoon said:
and the trends of cultural change were only dependent on female sexual promiscuity and repression.
There were no such trends, and if there were you would still have no apparent argument or mechanism creating your hypothesized "dependency". Why aren't you arguing that cultural failure and societal stagnation create promiscuity?
slysoon said:
My own explanation is that a people whose females are promiscuous will gradually encourage the increase in resources spent developing the size of male genitals and qualities of sperm in said people (this trend has been demonstrated to occur amongst primates, and therefore humans). As the brain and genitals of humans are very resource dependent, investing in one tends to take away from the other. In promiscuous peoples, larger genitals and larger, faster sperm are advantageous for inseminating females, whereas such qualities are rather unnecessary for monogamous peoples whose females are receptive to only one man's sperm. Finally, different cultures composed of different peoples cannot be compared with great accuracy in terms of cultural sophistication and innovation on the basis of female promiscuity because inherent differences in the two peoples are not taken into account (the most significant inherent difference being intelligence).
Oh. My. God.

Ok, we've come to a natural culmination of the argument.

btw: it was Eastern Polynesians, not Western, who settled New Zealand, Easter Island, and Hawaii, the far corners of the Polynesian triangle; that was the expanding, exploring, innovative and competent seagoing culture. The Western culture was apparently, by that measure, more stagnant.
 
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