The possibility of causal feedback between human behavior and human environments resulting from behavioral and developmental plasticity combined with niche construction suggests that some small environmental changes could have cascading effects that would trigger substantial social change. An example of what this might look like is provided by Patricia Gowaty's "alternative sexual strategies" hypothesis, according to which both male and female reproductive strategies are flexible, adjusting according to the degree of female sexual autonomy with far-reaching behavioral and social effects.
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