In the Appendix of Darwin’s Flaw, I reference some films that match or come close to following the subjects in the book.
Chapter 1—Darwin’s Flaw
This is an excellent short film entitled, Darwin’s Women (cited on page 9) produced and narrated by Ms. Philippa Hardman, Research Associate of the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University. The short film introduces us to Darwin’s correspondence with about 150 female scientists from around the world with encouraging words that they continue in their endeavors. It posits that Darwin had a separate direction when it came to female scientists, while bending his science in his published works to conform to the cultural dictates of the masculine Victorian world.
Chapter 2—Exodus from the Jungle
This film I’ve linked below is very difficult to watch. If are you watching this film as a young pregnant women it may be even horrifying. What sort of emotions do you think would be flooding your brain and body? Would it make you understand why your early female ancestor would want to leave the culture of alpha males behind in the jungle and that the flood of chemical emotions enough to promote movement?
Guns Germs and Steel – Out of Eden – 1/3 HD
Published on May 8, 2013. About 3 hours total for 3 films.
An excellent 3 part series as to the passage from jungle to domesticated farming in the Fertile Crescent. Guns Germs and Steel – Out of Eden– A three part Documentary series based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity’s journey over the last 13,000 years from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 3—The Plow
The male has an epiphany:
In Darwin’s Flaw, I hint very strongly that the female was being perceived as useless around the new invention of the Plow. I also speculate that this lead to the cultural meme of female infanticide that persists even today in our modern world. When I was doing research for my evidence of the legacy of the “weak” female, I was struck by the multiple film clips about the prevalence of the practice still in existence. Just a few paces behind infanticide we find the practice of “honor killings” directed at females and their progeny. You may find these disturbing, but, in the end we must respect the individual cultures that are established at the specific location on the planet at particular moments in time. Hopefully, the establishment of a female centered-world in the future in the West and its cultural influence will correct these imbalances. But we have to first make adjustments to our own house as we have just begun to take baby steps in that direction.
5,000-year history of the plow
Uploaded on May 10, 2011, 42:37 minutes
A bit long, but detailed in its presentation of the importance of the plow.
Gerald Rehkugler delivered his presentation, “The Rau Model Plow Collection at Cornell and The Evolution of Plow Designs,” to the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti on April 21, 2011. The Rau Collection was acquired in 1868 by the first Cornell president Andrew D. White. The models trace the development of the plow from around 3000 B.C.E. to the mid 1860’s. Rehkugler is a Professor Emeritus of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.
Chapter 4—Only women menstruate
Menstrual Cycle Animation – Understand The Menstrual Cycle in Women. January 29, 2014, 16:29 minutes
A simple, short, no nonsense explanation about menstruation. Take note in the early stages of the film the narrator tells us that this important, basic, biological function is required for the continuation our species.
Chapter 5—Spreading the Seeds of Androcentrism
Male Bias in Science: Androcentrism, The Feminist Element, June 6th, 2015, 30:54 minutes. I almost didn’t include this video because of my “bias” against the format of the presenter as a “casual” authority. I based this solely on his informal appearance and the poor sound quality of the film, but the video is quite informative despite how it was presented. Sometimes you have to equate the information “out there” on the internet as exploring a new “planet” or a box of chocolates; you never know what you might find.
Chapter 6—Men Amongst Men
Victorian masculinity – Video Learning – WizScience.com Published on Sep 4, 2015, 2:41 minutes
During the long reign of Queen Victoria over the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901, there were certain social expectations that the separate genders were expected to adhere to. The study of “Victorian masculinity” is based on the assumption that “the construction of male consciousness must be seen as historically specific.”
Chapter 7—The Darwinian Bubble
In Chapter 7 I strongly suggested that Darwin was surrounded by the heady accomplishments in science, industry and commerce of his time and place. It was the sense of “knowing” that the Victorian “male-kind” created and nourished an environment that thrust the British Empire into dominance in every corner of the world. Remember also, that this was the world of Charles Dickens: A world of poverty and survival in the shadows of vast wealth and great accomplishments. If you were born into the world of Victorian England, what culture would you prefer to be associated with?
Queen Victoria’s Empire 1 of 4 – Engines of Change (History Channel Documentary). Published on Oct 5, 2015 [note: about 3.5 hours total, but highly recommended]. In selecting these series of videos in this section for you to watch, I tried to select those that were short and to the point. However, when I viewed this series of programs about Queen Victoria several years ago, I knew that I had to include them here for they lay the foundation and represents the zeitgeist in which surrounded Darwin which I strongly felt had a major impact on his flaw that the male was superior to women.
Chapter 8—Moving the goalposts
The Forgotten Voyage: Alfred Russel Wallace and his discovery of evolution by natural selection. Published on Oct 24, 2013 1 hour, 23 minutes.
The dramatized story of Alfred Russel Wallace, the 19th century naturalist who published the theory of evolution by natural selection together with Charles Darwin in 1858 – more than a year before Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” was released. This film was directed by Peter Crawford and was broadcast by the BBC as part of its The World About Us series in 1983.
Chapter 9—Mate Choice Science
Ok kiddos. This is where we get to the “good stuff.” But — I mostly jest — you most likely have already seen more explicit videos that I have gathered here, and after your sexual excitement has subsided, I assume you’ve “moved on” to more complicated subjects like paying off your student loans, meeting a mate that you want to spend the rest of your lives’ together, (after perfecting your horizontal dance), and of course, attempting to build your nest for future progeny – be it in dense cities or in the multitude of suburbs created after WWII where your parents and grandparents established their nests in the past. As I wrote at the beginning of this chapter, “Perhaps popular versions of the Bible should open with the phrase, ‘In the beginning there was sex.’”
The Science of Lust Full Documentary 360p Extraordinary Documentary HD
Published on Dec 8, 2014, 1 Hour and 5 minutes
Lust? Love? Is there a difference? Thinking back to the last time you were newly in love, it will come as no surprise to you that the chemicals released into the blood when you were in the attraction stage are very different than those released later in the relationship.
Body Language – Indicators of Interest (IOIs)
Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010 Length: 14:38 minutes,
This is a video clip on body language and indicators of interest (IOIs). This video clip is part of a documentary (UK’s Channel 4 – Body Talk “Sex”) that reveals the body “language” women use to indicate their interest in men. The host constructed a club-like environment and analyzed how the women responded to certain men. The women in the video used certain body signals to reveal how they really felt about the men they were talking to.
Decoding Female Body Language
Published on Jan 7, 2014, 7:19 minutes – Vanessa Van Edwards
Understanding the mysteries of female body language.
Decoding Male Body Language
Jan 7, 2014, 6:25 minutes – Vanessa Van Edwards
Understanding the mysteries of male body language.
Your Body During Sex
December 22, 2014, 2:35 minutes.
2 minutes, 35 seconds of honest, non-explicit and non-prurient discussion about sexual coupling between males and females. [Suitable for ages over 14].
Chapter 10 and Conclusion
Now that you have been given the basics by those who are somewhat knowledgeable about sexual attraction, sex, and mating, it is time to get serious and learn from the master: I have placed the videos sorted by time of placement on YouTube.
Dr. Helen Fisher
Why We Love, Why We Cheat | Dr. Helen Fisher | TED Talks
Jan 16 2007, 24 minutes.
The Nature of Love
June 22, 2012 – Dr. Helen Fisher, 1 hour, 16 minutes.
Lust, Romance, and Attraction with Dr. Helen Fisher
March 11, 2013, 1 hour.
Gender Differences in the Brain by Helen Fisher.
Published on April 11, 2013, 56:34 minutes
Why can’t a man be more like a woman? Why can’t a woman be more like a man? Helen E. Fisher, Ph.D., a biological anthropologist and human behavior researcher, spoke at the University of South Florida to answer these questions.
Dr. Helen Fisher: What We Want
November 5, 2014, 35 minutes
Dr. Helen Fisher — Love and Sex and Attachment, 51 minutes.
“On Being” podcast, Feb 15, 2015 with Radio Host, Krista Tippett.
This is an audio podcast on YouTube – yes, it’s weird, but it works. Put on your headphones, shut off your TV monitor and close your eyes – and eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between two women about love, sex and attachment. Highly engaging.