The Resource Sex, time, and power : how women's sexuality shaped human evolution, Leonard Shlain

Sex, time, and power : how women's sexuality shaped human evolution, Leonard Shlain

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Sex, time, and power : how women's sexuality shaped human evolution
Title
Sex, time, and power
Title remainder
how women's sexuality shaped human evolution
Statement of responsibility
Leonard Shlain
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Theorizes about a profound change in prehistoric female sexuality, which gave way to the emergence of Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago, citing evolutionary circumstances that led to the development of religion, death awareness, patriarchal culture, and human love. As in the bestselling the Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain 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 pelvis and the increasing size of infant 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. Shlain offers carefully reasoned and certain to be controversial discussions on subjects such as menses, orgasm, masturbation, menopause, circumcision, male aggression, the evolution of language, homosexuality, and the origin of marriage
Cataloging source
FVC
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Shlain, Leonard
Dewey number
306.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ23
LC item number
.S45 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Sexual attraction
  • Mate selection
  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
  • Sex (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Human evolution
  • Mate selection
  • Sex (Biology)
  • Sexual attraction
  • Social evolution
Label
Sex, time, and power : how women's sexuality shaped human evolution, Leonard Shlain
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Iron/Sex -- pt. I. Iron, Sex, and Women -- 1. Unknown Mother/African Eve -- 2. Big Brain/Narrow Pelvis -- 3. Red Blood/White Milk -- 4. Plant Iron/Meat Iron -- 5. Gyna Sapiens/Gyna All-the-Others -- 6. Periods/Perils -- 7. Her Climax/His Climax -- 8. Grandmothers/Circumcision -- pt. II. Iron, Sex, and Men -- 9. Prey/Predator -- 10. Carnivory/Vegetarianism -- 11. Menarche/Mustaches -- 12. Premenstrual Tension/Masturbatory Tension -- pt. III. Sex and Time -- 13. Moon/Menses -- 14. Woo/I Do -- 15. Anima/Animus -- 16. Gay/Lesbian -- 17. Same Sex/Hermaphrodite -- pt. IV. Death and Paternity -- 18. Mortality/Angst -- 19. Superstition/Laughter -- 20. Father/Mother -- 21. Incest/Dowries -- 22. Wife/Husband -- pt. V. Men and Women -- 23. Misogyny/Patriarchy -- 24. Unknown Mother/African Eve/Modern Woman
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxii, 420 pages, 10 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780142004678
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)56322024
  • 1875455
  • (OCoLC)ocm56322024
Label
Sex, time, and power : how women's sexuality shaped human evolution, Leonard Shlain
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Iron/Sex -- pt. I. Iron, Sex, and Women -- 1. Unknown Mother/African Eve -- 2. Big Brain/Narrow Pelvis -- 3. Red Blood/White Milk -- 4. Plant Iron/Meat Iron -- 5. Gyna Sapiens/Gyna All-the-Others -- 6. Periods/Perils -- 7. Her Climax/His Climax -- 8. Grandmothers/Circumcision -- pt. II. Iron, Sex, and Men -- 9. Prey/Predator -- 10. Carnivory/Vegetarianism -- 11. Menarche/Mustaches -- 12. Premenstrual Tension/Masturbatory Tension -- pt. III. Sex and Time -- 13. Moon/Menses -- 14. Woo/I Do -- 15. Anima/Animus -- 16. Gay/Lesbian -- 17. Same Sex/Hermaphrodite -- pt. IV. Death and Paternity -- 18. Mortality/Angst -- 19. Superstition/Laughter -- 20. Father/Mother -- 21. Incest/Dowries -- 22. Wife/Husband -- pt. V. Men and Women -- 23. Misogyny/Patriarchy -- 24. Unknown Mother/African Eve/Modern Woman
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxii, 420 pages, 10 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780142004678
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)56322024
  • 1875455
  • (OCoLC)ocm56322024

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