chapter  27
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ESSENTIALISM, WOMEN, AND WAR: PROTESTING TOO MUCH, PROTESTING TOO LITTLE

Barash accepts the idea that males b o n d a n d e x c l u d e w o m e n f r o m p o l i t i c a l

p o w e r (1981, 1 8 7 - 8 9 ) , t h o u g h he emphasizes the g r o u n d i n g o f male aggres-

s i o n i n the c o m p e t i t i o n for r e p r o d u c t i v e o p p o r t u n i t i e s a n d r e p r o d u c t i v e l y

relevant resources (174, fo r e x a m p l e ) . H e argues that w o m e n are o n l y a l l o w e d

p o l i t i c a l p o w e r i f they are i n s o m e sense " d e s e x e d , " by age and/or phys ica l

unattractiveness. O t h e r w i s e , m e n refuse to recognize a w o m a n ' s author i ty ,

even w h e n she manages to ga in admit tance to the male " c l u b " (189 -90 ) .