This article explores Pinker’s analysis of sexual violence in modern history. It
argues that his analysis is flawed because of a selective choice of data, a minimization of
certain harms, the application of an evolutionary psychology approach, the failure to interrogate
new forms of aggression, and a refusal to acknowledge the political underpinnings
of his research. By failing to acknowledge and then control for his own ideological bias,
Pinker has missed an opportunity to convincingly explain the changing nature of violence
in our societies.