Descent of Woman

Descent of Woman

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A revised edition, which presents a controversial theory in women's studies. Morgan argues the case for the equal role of women in evolution, promoting the Aquatic Ape Theory of evolution which she elaborated on in further works.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552094951
  • 9780552094955

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A kinky distaff view of evolution which won't satisfy Darwin's male progeny but does compellingly suggest that the whole "androcentric" science may need revision. Ms. Morgan's major target as she traces the descent of the "fruit-eater, She" is Robert Ardrey's aggressive, weapon-wielding Primal Hunter whose contribution to the evolution of Homo Sapiens is ingeniously undermined by her contention that hominoid development passed through an "aquatic" age during which we acquired everythink except a snorkel and flippers. While swimming around in those ancient lakes She lost her fur, first used pebble tools, first cried through tear ducts, learned to frown and pis aller switched over from rear-mounting to ventro-ventral sex. The evolution of She links us to some pretty exotic creatures including the sea cow, the dolphin, and the mantee, but although her ethnology (and prose style) is rather free-wheeling it is more than just good sport. Morgan offers some highly intriguing hypotheses on the evolution of the nuclear family, male pair-bonding, monogamy, and language supported by deft citations of current research on the social behavior of primates and others. Among her conclusions: Daddy (who was never the great provider anyway) "horned in on the matrifocal family group" because he needed the economic security of home and hearth more than she did. A fruitful mating of Women's Lib with the (still highly conjectural) science of ethnology which may make even the Naked Ape in professorial garb sit up and take notice. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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