Equality And Polyamory : Why Early Humans

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The first article that will be analyzed will be Equality and polyamory: why early humans weren’t The Flintstones. This particular article from The Guardian, describes a study that was released from the University College London. The study delved into the topic of male and female equality in prehistoric times, and questioned the belief that humans have always existed in nuclear families. Because of this, the study also challenges our understanding of human history. Mark Dyble, the study’s lead author, stated that “sexual equality” is one of the important factors that “distinguishes humans”, this topic has rarely been “highlighted before”. In terms of gender, both the science and anthropological communities have had their own theories about who we as humans are and how we became the society that we are today. The “standard narrative of prehistory” insists that we have always lived in nuclear families. This narrative has strong biological roots, tied to Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. Women and men have conflicting sexual agendas when it comes to reproduction. Women have a greater investment in their offspring than men do, and therefore are more hesitant to participate in sexual activity. Women require a mate who is able to provide good genes, as well as goods and services to the woman and her offspring, whereas men mostly demand fidelity. Helen Fisher calls this “The Sex Contract”. Scientists believe that in this contract lies the formula for nuclear families and

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