Re: Women inventing agriculture

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 23:51:56 -0400

I must say, this is a sane voice. How in the world would it be possible
to know "who" invented "anything " from the prehistoric past? Most of us,
men and women alike, are not looking for particular gender inventors. If
males and females were not doing just about everyhting the same way in
the past, they must certainly have been complemental to each other. Most
of the behaviors are so complex that I find it practically noinsensical
to think in gender terms for the invention of particular tasks. R.
On Wed, 5 Apr 1995, Anita Cohen-Williams wrote:

> I seem to remember a simliar discussion of this sort of female-centric and
> prehistory many years ago. Dr. Adrianne Zihlman published something in which
> she stated that man was the hunter because he was expendable. Boy, what a row
> that kicked up!
> Isn't this sort of discussion rather meaningless? Unlike a great many
> achievements, who invented agriculture is one of the great unknown and
> unknowable things out there.
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