If you’re one of the many who find (mostly) man’s ability to rape in a culture seemingly indifferent and insensitive to the victims, then know you’re not alone. Evolutionary scientists have long wondered whether or not there’s a genetic component partially responsible for the rape culture surrounding us.
The idea is relatively simple. In nature, survival of the fittest is key. Mutations occur naturally over time, and those mutations which help a species thrive and reproduce are more likely to be passed down to the next generation. This is how nature weeds out the weak. It mutates us over hundreds of thousands of years.
So here’s the scary truth: If a rapist impregnates his victim, then his genes pass down to the next generation instead of those belonging to someone, well, nicer. Some of us may not care as much as we should for this very same reason. The “nice guy” gene doesn’t pass down, because the nice guy doesn’t reproduce as often as the scumbag rapist. IF a man’s genetics are partially responsible for providing him an increased desire for sexual violence and depravity, the argument makes a whole lot of sense.
In 2015, a study was done on the siblings of sex offenders and concluded that these siblings were much more likely to commit the same type of crime than the average schmuck walking down the street. But that’s only 40% of the time. Not always. Turns out “free will” is still a thing.
It should be noted that sexual crimes, rape among them, are still underrepresented by meaningful statistics because victims aren’t as likely to come forward to report a psychologically damaging and embarrassing crime. Just because one guy is convicted of rape doesn’t necessarily mean his cunning, charming, better looking brother will be. The numbers found by the study could be entirely disproportionate to reality.
That’s somewhat disheartening. What do you think? Is there a rape gene? Does it even matter?