For me. 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 quack, brought fake-astrology the Myers-Briggs and the whole "collective unco This book was polarizing. A bold move, since he was sort of a quack, 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 Grain of salt applied, chapter ultimately enjoyed. The other camp spoke up at this point, as Shlain became progressively more paternal and presumptuous.
Written in a lively and accessible style, Sex, Time, and Power is certain to generate heated debate in the media and among readers interested in human evolution and the history of sexuality. I recollect reading Ashley Montagu's work as "fawning pedestalitis", but this book deserves it more. Apr 21, Desiree rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , feminism. The chapter about iron was fantastic, and I am still reeling from how nutritionally efficient meat is. 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?
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 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, buddy. It 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 up.
I went from profound excitement to embarrassed discomfort with about a quarter of the book left, when he started throwing around "patriarchy" 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 more than the parts attached to verbal processing biology isn't a fan of that hypothesis, either , and since those parts of the brain were "more male", this led to the development of Christianity and it's surly father-gods. What 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 He wrote a couple of pretty popular stories, utilizing -- remain seated, please -- an alphabet. And 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.
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. Jun 27, Siobhan rated it liked it Recommends it for: the open minded. Shelves: non-fiction. I would have given it four stars for the originality of ideas presented and its compelling questions, but there were tangents that made me cringe.
The book is exploring the question 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 I would have given it four stars for the originality of ideas presented and its compelling questions, but there were tangents that made me cringe. 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 unique 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. Feb 03, Katie rated it did not like it Shelves: research , dislikes , justcantreadthis From my last status update, on page of That'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 th From my last status update, on page of That's it. The author promises that if the unwary reader can survive his tortuous prose, that he will Reveal All in Chapter 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 more of this dreck.
I recollect reading Ashley Montagu's work as "fawning pedestalitis", but this book deserves it more. By elevating Gyna Sapiens to the position of Great Mother, he puts her in the traditional subservient place of docile nurturer.
Apr 30, Kristi Thielen rated it it was ok. Reviews on Amazon. Shlain is a dynamic speaker and perhaps he is. His writing style is more 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 Reviews on Amazon.
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.
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution [ Leonard Shlain] on zokeculromon.ga *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As in the . Editorial Reviews. zokeculromon.ga Review. This book sets out to explore why and when people Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution - Kindle edition by Leonard Shlain. Download it once and read it on your.
He also believes that speech developed as a way for males and females to deal with the most important thing for survival: having sex. This 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 more 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 more florid ideas. Jan 07, Amy rated it really liked it.
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. View all 4 comments.
Aug 26, Jillian rated it it was amazing. I have to come back to write a proper review on this book. One of the most fascinating reads of my life. I still refer to it in a variety of discussions on seemingly unrelated topics. Brilliant, and brilliantly written.