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Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution Paperback – July 27, 2004
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"Compelling, scholarly, thought-provoking ... brings a stimulating new perspective to the question of what it means to be human."
Compelling, scholarly, thought-provoking... brings a stimulating new perspective to the question of what it means to be human. (Donald Johanson, author of "Lucy: The Beginnings of Mankind")
About the Author
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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While there are a lot of facts presented, the author does not claim to present an absolute scientific truth, but rather an informed guess. He pieces together facts, like a puzzle, in order to build a coherent theory of what might have happened. I felt that he invites the reader to entertain his ideas, measure them and dare to disagree or rearrange them into possible new constellations. It seems like, more then anything, his intention was to start a dialogue, a conversation on the subject of male/female dynamics and this book is what he brings into the conversation.
I don't think his ideas were meant to be entirely factual, I think this is a brave theory that combines facts with playful speculations and opens the way for more exploration into the subject while daring others to complete, complement or even correct his perspective.
Although dense, this is is an easy and enjoyable read. I learned new things and also got a lot of food for thought as this book provided me with some possible answers(as incomplete as scientific scrutiny might find them) that entertained a question that I have asked myself for a long time.
I would recommend it to anyone who's been interested in the subject or enjoys a good, creative theory.
And as we age, we become the protector and wisdom-stower upon our progeny. Even if you can't or don't have children, the answers to life's whys? are interesting enough - why is there "marriage" - one man, one woman. And how did THAT get passed along as our accepted form of mating, why not one husband and lots of wives?
And I never would have dreamed that the woman's monthly cycle has such a huge impact on....so many things! Fascinating stuff.....!