By Germaine Greer. Jim Adovasio is the leading expert in the perishable artefacts of the Palaeolithic — baskets, cordage, woven fabric — all associated, if somewhat arbitrarily, with women. To correct the astigmatism that has hitherto seen prehistory as the story of early man, Adovasio — director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania — has joined with Olga Soffer, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and journalist Jake Page to produce The Invisible Sex. The roles of women even in our own time are not easy to define; yet our intrepid threesome has encapsulated more than 3 million years of human femaleness in fewer than pages, rather too many of which are taken up with moaning about the sex bias of anthropologists of yore. Palaeontologists disagree just as often and as radically as economists do, and yet they insist on describing what they do as science. The trail of inference that leads from fossil fragments to conclusions about sex, gender and social structure has more in common with the Da Vinci code than with scientific method.
Women are hunting for sex online
Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists. A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. The findings challenge the idea that sexual equality is a recent invention, suggesting that it has been the norm for humans for most of our evolutionary history. Dyble says the latest findings suggest that equality between the sexes may have been a survival advantage and played an important role in shaping human society and evolution. The study, published in the journal Science , set out to investigate the apparent paradox that while people in hunter-gatherer societies show strong preferences for living with family members, in practice the groups they live in tend to comprise few closely related individuals.
Early men and women were equal, say scientists
Living in the twenty-first century, we have witnessed how rapidly and dramatically culture can change, from ways of communicating to the emergence of same-sex marriage. Similarly, many of us live in culturally diverse settings and experience how varied human cultural inventions can be. We readily accept that clothing, language, and music are cultural—invented, created, and alterable—but often find it difficult to accept that gender and sexuality are not natural but deeply embedded in and shaped by culture.
Men will no doubt want to sign up for Internet accounts, if a new study is to be believed. The study, published Thursday, found that one in ten of all women Internet users have ended up having sex with someone they first chatted up on the Web. Commissioned by female Web site newwomanonline. Two thousand women participated in the Women and the Web Survey in over eight TV regions including London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it the biggest survey to date of women's feelings towards the Web.