Are Men Created by Women to Foil Parasites?

The “Red Queen” Hypothesis of Evolutionary Biology explains sexual reproduction as a means of staying ahead of parasites, especially among more complex organisms. A corollary is that in the absence of parasites, females can reproduce asexually, and that males are essentially created by females (the default organism) simply as a means to protect their offspring. Does that mean we’re a bunch of disposable meats?

This peacock’s elaborate plumage makes him easy prey, but lordy-lord, does he ever get to mate!