After the 60s, when more female academics began achieving tenure, a nonmale-centric view of human evolution began to form.  Female observers of female behavior began to come to conclusions different from those of their white, male colleagues.  Women theorists hypothesized ancestral serial monogamy based on the time (3-4 years) it takes to wean a child, female control of band foraging patterns, invention of language by females and the choosing by females of cooperative mates, thus encouraging noncombative social environments as a foundation for human evolution.

A female biologist hypothesized that in human beings, estrus, or ovulation, grew hidden as women evolved to control their own procreation opportunities.  Men wouldn’t determine when to mate based on their observation of when a woman was fertile.  The women would decide.

And so began a process that is coming to fruition only now, these last three generations, perhaps hundreds of thousands of years after women learned to hide the best time to have a baby.

It is believed that there are traditions that have carried through this stretch of time.  Remnants of red and ochre coloring are some of the oldest signs of human culture being found in close proximity to early digs.  It has been hypothesized that a tribe’s women would decorate themselves with the red coloring, noting menstruation and emphasizing it was not the time for sex.  Lipstick today may reveal the tail end of a very long tradition whose origins had everything to do with guarding the actual time a woman is fertile, placing choice within a woman’s control.  Women take off their lipstick to make love.

Tribal tradition growing to revolve around female control of procreation is suggested by several factors.  Women living together commonly cycle together.  Women often cycle to the moon with the 29.5 day lunar month often identical to the female’s month.  Gestation often runs exactly 10 lunar months.  Hidden ovulation encourages a tribal culture that uses the moon cycles as a signal for communal sex, putting women at the center of revolving and evolving lives.

It has been estimated that those cycles got shattered with the emergence of stationary agriculture and a shift to a patrifocal orientation.  The advent of the Indo-Europeans 6500 years ago further depreciated the female point of view.  With resources to protect, males wanted to make sure that those resources were passed on to progeny with their own genetics.  With time, male control of female procreation picked up speed.

Until it hit the wall of the 1960s.

Much is made of the 60s failing so many of our expectations.  Though there has been progress in the area of civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and the environment, American patrifocal forces continue to wreak havoc in this country and across the world.  Yet, where it matters most, we seem to notice least.  Males are giving up control.

It began in the bushes and now ends in the bedroom.  Full circle, the strong, united females have returned.  An appreciation of relationship and awareness of interconnection inform an understanding reborn in the 60s with the pill, LSD, disgust with war and sensitivity to a global point of view.

Culture now has a firm foundation to move quickly forward.  It is in the arms and the firm grasp of a woman that our society is finally coming home.


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  1. Walter Poupaert on July 26, 2008 7:36 am

    My felicitations, Mt Lehman for your so excelent article! I did not know about the fact that gestion last approxametly 10 lunar months; I even ignored that there is a connection between the Moon month and the cycle of the woman.

    What I wished to add is the following : yes, the woman put red colour whishing to mate, and also the chimps, on the moment of their ovulation, do colour red around their genitic parts – for them the cycle is not hidden.

    As you pointed out in the human female became hidden, this way, perhaps by purpose, she coloured herself to indicate she was ready.

  2. Andrew on July 27, 2008 6:27 am

    Using red to signal availability instead of non availability seems reasonable. Yet, there are a number of myths across several continents that refer to female menstral blood as extremely powerful magic and to be feared by men. It’s hard to say if red has more power as an atractent or a repellent.

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