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Until the turn of the 20th century people thought there was one parent – the father. Only men had ‘seed’ which they planted in the ‘soil’ of women. This idea made patriarchy inevitable. When the ‘two seeds and fusion’ reality of reproduction was discovered and men of science realized their big mistake, they covered it up so effectively that today most people think “people have always known the facts of life.”             Feminist theory and women’s studies have completely overlooked this fundamental issue even though the male-seed theory of life provided the mortar that glued patriarchal institutions and values in place. Because people thought the female had no seed of life within her, daughters were seen as an evolutionary dead-end. Men had to have seed-carrying sons. Inheritance of property also went down the male line. Because women had no seed and did not themselves reproduce, they had no reproductive rights. And because women are physically equipped to carry children and give birth to them, they came to be seen as tools for men’s reproduction. Female chastity became crucial to men who thought a child was 100% theirs, or 100% some other man’s. The single male-seed idea of human reproduction created a sharp polarity – with men seen as the creative gender, and women as the non-creative gender designed by ‘nature’ to help men create.             Different cultural attitudes to women around the world today relate directly to the degree to which they have escaped the male-seed traditions and attitudes. But we are all dealing with the legacy, to some degree or other.             The written and archaeological record shows that the singular male-seed idea of reproduction replaced an earlier, singular female-seed idea of reproduction. That, in turn, replaced the idea of parthenogenetic women – an idea still held by some people in the world today. It is impossible to understand contemporary culture clashes around gender issues without considering the deep and profound impact of reproduction theories. Likewise, history and prehistory are infinitely better understood when we ask of each time and culture the question they themselves asked – “where did I come from?”

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    • Ano de Edição: 2016
    • Ano:  2016
    • País de Produção: Canada
    • Código de Barras:  2001052475400
    • ISBN:  9780957227156

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