I think maxdancona got it right. To anyone whose studied evolution, the ideas developed in evolutionary psychology should not be controversial, in fact they should be common sense. In fact many of the ideas originated with evolutionary biologists. Unfortunately, this encroaches into the social scientists' territory, and points out flaws in the current social science zeitgeist, so they are fighting back hard. But to anyone who has studied evolution this should be common sense.
In fact even Darwin recognized this.
In On the Origin of Species Darwin wrote:
‘In the distant future I see open fields for more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation.’
Two of my favorite subjects are psychology and evolution, so naturally I bought an evolutionary psychology textbook. I've read about half of it, and everything in it makes sense. And that nonsense about EP condoning rape is ridiculous. Facts are facts. Men are more likely to commit rape than women and EP have a good evolutionary explanation for it. That doesn't make it right. That doesn't excuse male rapists. If anything, knowing why some men are driven to rape can help us come up with better solutions to reduce rape. ignorance is not bliss in this case. They said similar things about evolution and atheism. Atheists will have no morals and will rape and murder at will. A majority of the people in Japan are atheists, and they have very low crime rates. America is very religious and our crime statistics are much worse than Japan. It does not mean we are 100% controlled by our genes. Although men have a stronger impulse to rape than women, doesn't mean they can't stop themselves. It doesn't mean culture is not important. I will share some interesting studies from my EP book later, but it is a fascinating and extremely important subject.