But on the basis of a new study, a team of political scientists is arguing that people’s gut-level reaction to issues like the death penalty, taxes and abortion is strongly influenced by genetic inheritance. The new research builds on a series of studies that indicate that people’s general approach to social issues – more conservative or more progressive – is influenced by genes.
It’s not my fault that I don’t obey laws and I think black people are evil and I rape women and don’t believe in taxes, your Honor…
…it’s all biology.
I find these sorts of studies really insulting. Like the kind telling me that because I’m a woman, I’m naturally inclined to build nests, burst into tears, and unable to learn how to defend myself.
“As long as there are entrenched social and political distinctions between sexes, races or classes, there will be forms of science whose main function is to rationalize and legitimize these distinctions.”
– Elizabeth Fee