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

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

Leonard Shlain


As within the bestselling The Alphabet as opposed to the Goddess, Leonard Shlain’s provocative new ebook grants to alter the best way readers view themselves and the place they got here from.

Sex, Time, and Power bargains a tantalizing resolution to an age-old query: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens all of sudden emerge a few 150,000 years in the past? the most important, in line with Shlain, is lady sexuality. Drawing on an amazing breadth of study, he exhibits how, some time past, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female’s pelvis and the expanding measurement of babies’ heads brought about a trouble for the species. average choice allowed for the difference of the human lady to this environmental pressure via reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. the consequences, in spite of the fact that, did even more than verify our lifestyles; they imbued ladies with the concept that of time, and gave them regulate over sex—a strength that men sought to reclaim. And the opportunity of reaching immortality via heirs drove males to build patriarchal cultures that went directly to dominate rather a lot of human history.

From the character of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain’s tremendous and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new pondering very previous matters.

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