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Sat Jun 6, 2015, 05:12 AM

Sex equality can explain the unique social structure of hunter-gatherer bands

This article from The Guardian suggests a counter to the common concept that in the old days human societies were rigidly defined by gender roles.

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture

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.

Mark Dyble, an anthropologist who led the study at University College London, said: “There is still this wider perception that hunter-gatherers are more macho or male-dominated. We’d argue it was only with the emergence of agriculture, when people could start to accumulate resources, that inequality emerged.”


http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2015/05/20/new-evidence-on-origin-of-wome

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Thu Jun 18, 2015, 10:36 AM

1. For anyone leery of the socialist worker, this piece is from the Guardian.

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Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:14 AM

2. if you're leery of Socialist Worker, stick to Fox News

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