Sex Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human

Sex Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Sex Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution By Leonard Shlain ✓ – Why did big brained Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some 150000 years ago The key according to Leonard Shlain is female sexuality Drawing on an awesome breadth of research he shows how long ago the narro Why did big brained and Power Epub Ý Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some years ago The key according to Leonard 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 Sex Time PDF/EPUB or female to this environmental stress by reconfiguring her hormonal cycles entraining them with the periodicity of the moon The results however did much 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 Time and Power ePUB ☆ to dominate so much of human historyFrom the nature of courtship to the evolution of language Shlain's brilliant and wide ranging exploration stimulates new ways of thinking about very old matters A masterpiece of ideas and a uniue Time and Power How Women's Epub / contribution to our understanding of gender and history sexuality and evolution Jean Houston Note includes Reader's Guide.

  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • Sex Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
  • Leonard Shlain
  • English
  • 25 March 2016
  • 9780142004678

About the Author: Leonard Shlain

Leonard Shlain was an and Power Epub Ý American surgeon and writer the Chairman of Laparoscopic surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and was an Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSFHe was a speaker at such venues as the Smithsonian Harvard University Salk Institute Los Alamos National Laboratory NASA Johnson Space Center and the European Union's Ministers of Culture In he.

10 thoughts on “Sex Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

  1. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health says:

    I was a little nervous when I picked up Leonard Shlain’s Sex Time and Power The book is close to 400 pages and didn’t strike me as exactly a beach read As I started really delving into the book I continued to have problems with Shlain’s reasoning and style The book explores how gender and sexuality has shaped human evolution differentiating us from our ancestors lower down on the food chain While usually anything about gender and evolution has me punching my own face this book was generally informative than offensive So much evolutionary theory is applied today to excuse male promiscuity violence and dominance while implying that women are naturally inferior These explanations flowing out of newspapers websites and Cosmo fail to recognize the societal causes of gender discrepancies and were obviously written by groups of people who have never heard of Judith Butler Shlain does manage to recognize that these are only theories and that society plays a huge role in constructing our gendered worldShlain also situates himself really well stating at the beginning of the book that he is an older white doctor a privileged position that he needs to acknowledge This privilege tends to seep into his writing where he often seems to be relying on cultural assumptions without actually examining whether or not they are true The entire book works under the assumption that men are aggressive women are passive; men want sex women want love; men are dedicated to thought women are dedicated to nature Though he does present the whole hunter versus caregiver caveman days scenario that explains part of the truths in these statements he fails to recognize that today these statements are far from true The women I know defy these feminine gender stereotypes showing that these traits are not our biological destiny and might be a lot complicated than Shlain asserts He essentializes gender in a dangerous way that seems to overshadow his obviously good intentionsMy other main problem with this book was the writing style It was very apparent to me that this book was written by a doctor Doctors are great don’t get me wrong I encourage them to write many books as long as they don’t emulate Slain in his attempts at literary style Shlain obviously tries to make up for his scientific background by weaving complicated metaphors with big words and ridiculously contrived imagery It’s like he went on Yahoo Answers and searched for “how to write a book” and then packed every moronic suggestion into each sentence Had the book been half as long it would have been twice as enjoyable Though he was trying to make the book readable and enthralling to the lay person he ended up alienating through his endless search for emotive language in situations where straight scientific language would have been sufficient Calling a woman’s period her “monthly music” Oh brother He also employed one of my favorite tropes comparing a woman’s g spot to a mystical unicorn Attention people stop comparing women’s sexuality to mythical creatures Why does that happen so much?In all this book though full of interesting evolutionary tid bits read as sexist and essentializing It only touches on homosexuality and has no mention of intersexuality I found the discussions of why women menstruate and female sexual maturation fascinating but they were overshadowed by the implications that men are naturally clear headed and stronger leaders which are absurd If one is willing to overlook Shlain’s wordiness and sexism this book is an interesting read for anyone interested in human evolution

  2. Bastard Travel Bastard Travel says:

    This book was polarizing For me Personally I was polarized One camp of my consciousness was thrilled by the actual physiological science he rolled out early on The chapter about iron was fantastic and I am still reeling from how nutritionally efficient meat is All those amino acids That sweet non chealated iron Mmm girl And then the animus and anima Wheeling out Jung A bold move since he was sort of a uack brought fake astrology the Myers Briggs and the whole collective unconscious to the table but I'll sit it out Okay everyone's got male and female mental traits A little divisive a little dated kind of sexist but you're an elderly white evolutionary shrink Grain of salt applied chapter ultimately enjoyedThe other camp spoke up at this point as Shlain became progressively paternal and presumptuous By spoke up I mean emitted a high pitched keening for the latter half of the book The Adam and Eve narrative was ludicrous I know it was metaphorical I know it was supposed to represent the presumed twists and turns that took us from anarchoprimativist utopia to patriarchal feudalism but it was just so fuckin' silly Most of what I take issue with is the supposition that Adam just FELT IN HIS GUTS that he shouldn't fuck his daughterMr Shlain have you ever seen a sexual abuse statistic in your life? Even a single chart? Because I got some real bad news about our allegedly innate taboo buddyIt doesn't make sense for a hunter gatherer tribe to start trading women like chattel because one furry Einstein figured out that incest makes mutants and Joffreys It also doesn't make a whole lot of sense to expect that the phantom menstruation being tied to the cycles of the moon taught women to tell time which led to men understanding mortality and becoming existentialists You are making some serious logical leaps here and the evidence by which I mean conjecture just doesn't hold upI went from profound excitement to embarrassed discomfort with about a uarter of the book left when he started throwing around patriarchy but even that I isolated I might just be desensitized to the word because of tumblr No I felt I played ball with a remarkable degree of patience It wasn't until the epilogue I became legitimately angry This ballsy motherfucker actually suggested that the reason we stopped worshiping goddesses is because of the development of an alphabet He thinks it caused the parts of our brain responsible for written language processing to develop than the parts attached to verbal processing biology isn't a fan of that hypothesis either and since those parts of the brain were male this led to the development of Christianity and it's surly father godsWhat the fuck? Dude you mentioned the Athena cult as an example of goddess worship I promise you the Greeks had a fairly sophisticated alphabet Stories were written down believe it or not Have you ever heard of well it's obscure kind of underground you probably never heard of it Homer? He wrote a couple of pretty popular stories utilizing remain seated please an alphabetAnd even from the implied defense of structural changes to bodies and brains take a longer time to evolve you are NOT getting enough time in for that significant a change It's not gonna happen So friends and neighbors if you decide to read this book you'd be best served by stopping at the chapter entitled FathersMothers After that everything gets insultingly bad Still not a total wash I learned a lot about nutrition and menstruation And you can too In the first half of this book

  3. Siobhan Siobhan says:

    I would have given it four stars for the originality of ideas presented and its compelling uestions but there were tangents that made me cringe The book is exploring the uestion of how women's sexuality shaped humanity Interesting no? It goes back to early human existence and describe what Shlain calls a sex for meat arrangement Women realized the link between sex and pregnancy and since there was such a high mortality rate among them due to now larger human heads they developed veto power over sex They developed a hidden and reduced estrus to compliment this veto power They also according to Schlain realized the concept of mortality in full Human female sexuality does have incredibly uniue features to that of all other female creatures orgasms just to name one and these features beg some explanation Also begging answers are our significant powers of foresight and lingual dexterity Shlain is up to the task But parts where he delves into a made up monologue of early man's discovery of paternity as told by some Adam made me want to throw the book at the wall So yeah mixed feelings

  4. Katie Katie says:

    From my last status update on page 129 of 448That's it I'm done I can't force myself to read another chapter of paternalistic drivel from the privileged viewpoint of an old white American male physician While some of his physiology has merit the conclusions he draws from it do not Oh did I mention that he's a devoted Freudian? And that his writing style is so florid egotistical and repetitive that any random passage could be a contender for the Bulwer Lytton Prize?The author promises that if the unwary reader can survive his tortuous prose that he will Reveal All in Chapter 13 Along the way he takes potshots at any researchers' works that do not support his thesis I will confess that I skipped ahead; it wasn't worth it By that point I just wanted him to lay it all out in point form I await the feminist take down of this book I'd be tempted to write one myself but I can't subject myself to any of this dreckI recollect reading Ashley Montagu's work as fawning pedestalitis but this book deserves it By elevating Gyna Sapiens to the position of Great Mother he puts her in the traditional subservient place of docile nurturer

  5. Kristi Thielen Kristi Thielen says:

    Reviews on com state that Dr Shlain is a dynamic speaker and perhaps he is His writing style is that a little over the top and the same can be said for conclusion he draws The chief issue tackled in this book why do women alone among female creatures menstruate and in a monthly cycle and so copiously? Shlain's premise When ancient females came to understand that this would occur in a cycle that mimicked that of the moon they began to understand the concept of time which men then came to understand too So menstruation was an evolutionary adaptation by which humans learned to anticipate the future He also believes that speech developed as a way for males and females to deal with the most important thing for survival having sexThis is well and good although I'm not entirely sure I accept it Unfortunately Shlain goes on to come up with some theories that are even strained Left handedness sprang up among primative males because of the advantage it provided to hunters in a group The spear was coming from a direction the prey did not anticipate Unfortunately this does not explain why left handedness sprang up among women too And then there's Shlain's belief that baldness came about because it again conferred an advantage on male hunters prey accustomed to looking for the hairy pate of hunters peering over foliage would be confused by a balding dome Yeah right An interesting read only if you've got time and patience for florid writing and even florid ideas

  6. Nancy Nancy says:

    One of the most interesting books that I have read this year Long and scientific it held my interest all the way through I have discussed some of the author's points with others and they have wanted to read the book Why did mankind survive when our women need iron and could not hunt children menses scents etc? Why do women not go into heat and do not indicate when they are fertile when the rest of the animal kingdom gives such clear signals? How did we survive as a species when our very large heads made childbirth so mortally dangerous? How did all of this contribute to the development of language and the species' sense of time What human behaviors developed because of the uniue challenges to our specific species Fascinating

  7. Amy Amy says:

    I just finished the book and the ending moved me and made me feel optimistic I like using the evolutionary lens to look at how we came to where we are It makes the current patriarchal structures somewhat understandable but also shows that we are evolving past any need for them While I found some of the tangents and various use of creative license a bit meandering and at times cringe inducing as a whole this book stretched my perspective and gave me plenty to think about

  8. Dennis Hidalgo Dennis Hidalgo says:

    Though there are several problems with the late Shalin's narrative and data this book is a brave tour into a subject which he propped open books on this topic have been flowing from the presses recently His hypotheses are super interesting possibilities1 Women saved humanity from extinction by babies with dangerously large skulls by developing something no other mammal have done control her heat season and thus ensuing the complicated and crucial art of femalemale courtship This alone has shaped and driven human history and I kind of agree 2 That women's need for iron has been a monumental drive for social interactionsHowever even before reading some of the critical reviews informed on science and gender studies than I am I sensed that the book may propose some risky ideas as a man I felt justified and unchallenged Yet as long as the reader would seek out some of the scholarly reviews and have the critics' position in mind this is a very important book to read

  9. Michael Michael says:

    What a fascinating read especially for a book that we bought on a whimThe author does a good job of making it clear when he is speculating and when his views are supported by research which I really appreciate in a sciency bookThe writing is very readable with some nice bits of humor sprinkled in there The thinking is excellent This will challenge people to think differently about sexuality and humanity What does a woman reallywant? According to the author a steak And hence the stereotypical impressive date meal for generations Why do we walk upright? Why do we such big brains? And how does the Red ueen fit into all of this? Read to find out

  10. John John says:

    An amazing book Read this and Guns Germs and Steel and you will basically have an understanding of the whole history of the human race and development of society These two books explain almost all human behavior and history Deep down we all know the sex for meat thing is true and yet society has found thousands of ways to codify but civilize that bargain in our culture Every young man and women should read this book to understand what is driving almost all of their behavior Your success in relationships will depend on it

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