Adam and Eve make a stand in California

By Angelo Matera

Posted 9/23/08 at 5:51 AM


You connect the dots: A California couple refuses to submit to the state’s new “gender-neutral” marriage license that replaces bride and groom with “Party A” and “Party B.” Buried within a Scientific American article on storytelling and the brain (cited by John Murphy below) is a fascinating discovery made by “literary Darwinists” about the universality of romance and sex roles:

“The idea of romantic love has not been traditionally considered to be a cultural universal because of the many societies in which marriage is mainly an economic or utilitarian consideration. But [a 2006] study suggests that rather than being a construct of certain societies, romantic love must have roots in our common ancestry. In other words, romance—not just sex—has a biological basis in the brain.

“You do find these commonalities,” Gottschall says. He is one of several scholars, known informally as literary Darwinists, who assert that story themes do not simply spring from each specific culture. Instead the literary Darwinists propose that stories from around the world have universal themes reflecting our common underlying biology.

Another of Gottschall’s studies published earlier this year reveals a persistent mind-set regarding gender roles. His team did a content analysis of 90 folktale collections, each consisting of 50 to 100 stories, from societies running the gamut from industrial nations to hunter-gatherer tribes. They found overwhelmingly similar gender depictions emphasizing strong male protagonists and female beauty. To counterbalance the possibility that male storytellers were biasing gender idealizations, the team also sampled cultures that were more egalitarian and less patriarchal. ‘We couldn’t even find one culture that had more emphasis on male beauty…’”

So much for the idea that gender roles are “socially-constructed.”

But what’s really interesting here is that these scientists were willing to leap from the undeniable biological fact of sexual difference, to the idea that there are “universal themes” about gender roles built upon our sexuality. To say that anything about human culture is “universal” violates post-modernism’s strongest taboo. Yes, the undeniable proof is in the data. But that’s never stopped politically-correct researchers from denying the facts before.

The lesson here is that Christians have nothing to fear from scientists—even Darwinists—who are intellectually honest. Their discoveries will always verify that there is something called human nature, and that sex differences are an essential part of our humanity.

Take heart, all who believe in a reality-based world. The ideologues who are trying to impose gay marriage on the public may win short-term victories, but their project is doomed in the long run, because it goes against the grain of reality. Whether you believe it’s part of God’s plan, or the result of millions of years of “natural selection,” the fact of male and female is deeply ingrained in our psyches. The couple who rebelled against the “newspeak” of California’s marriage license are proof of that. They aren’t ideologues (they certainly don’t look like fundamentalists). They’re just regular people standing up for common sense reality.