Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Friendzone Follies

Large numbers of otherwise innocent electrons are being inconvenienced, lately, by discussions of the "friendzone/girlfriendzone" phenomenon. As a spectator, I am mostly amused. But a little voice in the back of my head keeps reminding me of something that it being pretty much ignored in this particular eddy of the battle of the sexes.

The term "sociobiology" keeps popping into my head; it isn't a thing I have given any thought to in years (and never gave much thought to at all), but it seems relevant here. Now, the basic sociobiological premise, that evolutionary forces are the primary determinant of human behavior, is obviously hallucinatory. But the idea that evolutionary forces have SOME influence on human behavior has to be considered.

So... We throw sociobiology into the blender with game theory, and the "friendzone" issue is suddenly transparent. The evolutionary first solution for men is to have as many sexual partners as possible; the first solution for women is to have the highest quality partners possible. Whoever you are, the lizard in your brain stem KNOWS this. It doesn't matter that, given social complexity, the first solution is often (or even almost always) invalid; the lizard knows, and the lizard WANTS.

Uncle Hyena
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