This hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m still feeling a little nauseous after this realization.
I also put it on DA
This is a wonderful presentation. I just had to add these:
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that gender egalitarianism isn’t possible among humans, or that our species’ “natural” state is one of gender oppression.
I just cried a little reading this.
I was taught and whole hardly beloved that cavemen (and Homo sapiens) where raping murdering assholes… Shit. I’m crying.
Plus there’s that new evidence that most cave art is likely to have been created by women, and the suggestion that sculptures like the Willendorf Venus may well have been too, and wow, it sure looks like we’ve allowed sexist evolutionary psychology to mess up our understanding of the past, doesn’t it?
Question the assumptions.
This is well presented. Please remember the first archaeologist were rich, white guys with a limited frame of reference. While archaeology has a long way to go, good efforts are being made correct that originally limited understanding; those corrections are not penetrating education as fast as we might like. So, please argue this point everytime someone asserts it as truth. <3
speaking of questioning assumptions, the ‘Venus of Willendorf’ was named under the assumption that it was a fertility based or sexual based object, another assumption that cannot be proven, so some have taken to calling it the ‘Woman of Willendorf’ to prevent drawing assumptions before careful observation of the piece
all together good information here though yes