Woman, man, and the evolution of social structure

World Futures 23 (1):79-92 (1987)
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This paper (presented during the Physis: Inhabiting the Earth conference, Florence, Italy, October 28?31, 1986) examines the evolution of social structure from the new perspective of findings indicating that how the relations between the female and male halves of humanity are structured has profoundly affected human social organization as well as the direction of cultural evolution. Drawing from archeological data and the study of ancient myths, it briefly traces the development of western culture through Paleolithic, Neolithic, and historic times. It also presents data indicating that there is a viable alternative to the present, potentially lethal, emphasis on technologies of domination and destruction



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