Does Equality Kill Sex?

‘In an attempt to be gender neutral, we may have become gender-neutered.’

There’s a reason why opposites attract.  Couples who are best friends and split the chores and childcare have far less sex

Men and women, she said, are continuously sending out cues that signal attractiveness to a potential partner, and often these cues involve “an ongoing reminder of difference and the sense of mystery and excitement that comes with the knowledge that the other person isn’t you”.


Actress Defends “Submissive Role” with NHL Hubbie

Former Full House Star Candace Cameron Bure writes “I love that my man is a leader. I want him to lead and be the head of our family.”

“Those major decisions do fall on him, but it doesn’t mean I don’t voice my opinion or have an opinion, I absolutely do.”

But, ultimately, her husband gets the final say. “It is very difficult to have two heads of authority,” Bure explained. “It doesn’t work in military, it doesn’t work — I mean, you have one president, you know what I’m saying?”

She further explained: “We are equal in our . . . importance, but we are just different in our performances within our marriage.”


Queens of the Ice Age

Forget about hapless mates being dragged around by macho mammoth killers. The women of Ice Age Europe, it appears, were not mere cavewives but priestly leaders, clever inventors, and mighty hunters.

In the Ice Age, human survival had little to do with manly men hurling spears at big-game animals. Instead, it depended largely on women, plants, and a technique of hunting previously invisible in the archeological evidence—net hunting.

This is not the image we’ve always had of Upper Paleolithic macho guys out killing animals up close and personal. Net hunting is communal, and it involves the labor of children and women. And this has lots of implications.

Women and children have set snares, laid spring traps, sighted game and participated in animal drives and surrounds—forms of hunting that endangered neither young mothers nor their offspring. They dug starchy roots and collected other plant carbohydrates essential to survival. They even hunted, on occasion, with the projectile points traditionally deemed men’s weapons.

Women played a key part in net hunting since the technique did not call for brute strength nor did it place young mothers in physical peril.

People seldom returned home empty-handed. Researchers living among the net-hunting Mbuti in the forests of Congo report that they capture game every time they lay out their woven traps, scooping up 50 percent of the animals encountered. Nets are a far more valued item in their panoply of food-producing things than bows and arrows are. So lethal are these traps that the Mbuti generally rack up more meat than they can consume, trading the surplus with neighbors. Other net hunters traditionally smoked or dried their catch and stored it for leaner times. Or they polished it off immediately in large ceremonial feasts.

Humans who consume more than half their calories as lean meat will die from protein poisoning.

To see if any of the flora that thrived in Upper Paleolithic Europe could be put to similar uses, scientists drew up a list of plants economically important to people living in cold-climate regions of North America and Europe and compared it with a list of species that botanists had identified from pollen trapped in Ice Age sediment cores from southern Germany. Nearly 70 plants were found on both lists.

The chief plant collectors in historical societies were undoubtedly women. It was typically women’s work.


Book on ‘submissive wives’ becomes hit in Spain

A book advising newly-wed women on how to be “submissive” has become   a publishing phenomenon in Spain   while outraging feminists who have called for it to be banned.

The polemic book by married Italian author Costanza Miriano titled ‘Cásate y sé sumisa – Get Married and Be Submissive – was published by the Catholic Arbishopric of the southern city of Granada in November and soared up the   bestseller list.