Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

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Penguin, 2004 - 420 من الصفحات

As in the bestselling The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain's provocative new book promises to change the way readers view themselves and where they came from.

Sex, Time, and Power offers a tantalizing answer to an age-old question: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some 150,000 years ago? The key, according to Shlain, is female sexuality. Drawing on an awesome breadth of research, he shows how, long ago, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female's pelvis and the increasing size of infants' heads precipitated a crisis for the species. Natural selection allowed for the adaptation of the human female to this environmental stress by reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. The results, however, did much more than ensure our existence; they imbued women with the concept of time, and gave them control over sex--a power that males sought to reclaim. And the possibility of achieving immortality through heirs drove men to construct patriarchal cultures that went on to dominate so much of human history.

From the nature of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain's brilliant and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new thinking about very old matters.

 

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In his best-selling The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Shlain argued that the adoption of the alphabet and related left-brain thinking brought about misogyny and patriarchy, thereby reducing the status ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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Unknown MotherAfrican Eve
3
Big BrainNarrow Pelvis
11
Red BloodWhite Milk
23
Plant IronMeat Iron
39
Gyna SapiensGyna AlltheOthers
45
PeriodsPerils
57
Her ClimaxHis Climax
69
GrandmothersCircumcision
85
Same SexHermaphrodite
241
MortalityAngst
261
SuperstitionLaughter
275
FatherMother
289
IncestDowries
307
WifeHusband
321
PartV Men and Women
324
MisogynyPatriarchy
335

PreyPredator
101
CarnivoryVegetarianism
117
MenarcheMustaches
137
Premenstrual TensionMasturbatory Tension
149
MoonMenses
165
WooI Do
187
AnimaAnimus
209
GayLesbian
227
Unknown MotherAfrican EveModern Woman
351
Epilogue
367
Notes
371
Bibliography
387
Illustration Credits
403
Index
405
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Leonard Shlain is the author of Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light, and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. He is the chief of laparoscopic surgery at California Medical Center in San Francisco.

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