“Women in Prehistory”
Ashley E Grant
October 16, 2012
In the history text, “Women in Prehistory” challenges the notation of a women’s role. During the B.C.E women were characterized by fertility, lactation or childcare, therefore they were left at home. From an insight, these assumptions were made from a scientific retrospect. The evidence from the artifacts among other things will prove or will not prove this to be correct.
Abstracted from Adrian Novotny work states that women were classified as “Second-class citizens” in the vast majority of the world’s culture. In the prehistoric period omen were purchased on an open market as if they were any other property a man would own. Women were undetermined in leadership, development, adaptation and settlement. Due to 99.5% of human survival was because of the gathers and hunters; the sexual division of labor was determined. Women gathered and man hunted, for the most part. Many believed that women didn’t not posse any particular skills or abilities men may have possessed, such as speed, endurance, or as some feminists say, aggressive tendencies. The simpler matter was the human reproduction.
Venus the goddess of fertility was idolized because women of the prehistoric era needed to get pregnant. Women were looked at as a structure to make babies. If a woman could not produce babies they were looked at as undesirables. Most of the women spent most of their lives either being pregnant, nursing, or primary caregivers for their children. Women never really left the local area of their camp, unlike men who not only left the base ground but left long period of times. Women gathered together in social groups to let the children play, to converse, laugh and etc. Since plants were not like animals and would not flee because of the noise, the females where successful in food gathering.
Women of the same generation refer to one another as "sister." Women one generation...
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