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Congressman Todd Akin's contention that, concerning the risk of 
pregnancy following rape, "If it’s a legitimate [i.e., authentic] rape, the 
female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," has been 
justly ridiculed and seen for the vicious attack on women's autonomy that 
it is. But isn't this the style of thinking characteristic of sociobiology and 
evolutionary psychology, inveterately given a pseudoscientific currency by 
the field's popularizers, some of whom are also its academic practioners? 

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