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8,000 years ago, 17 women reproduced for every one man
From The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature:
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In the ancient empire of the Incas, sex was a heavily regulated industry. The sun-king Atahualpa kept fifteen hundred women in each of many “houses of virgins” throughout his kingdom. They were selected for their beauty and were rarely chosen after the age of eight—to ensure their virginity. But they did not all remain virgins for long: They were the emperor’s concubines. Beneath him, each rank of society afforded a harem of a particular legal size. Great lords had harems of more than seven hundred women. “Principal persons” were allowed fifty women; leaders of vassal nations, thirty; heads of provinces of 100,000 people, twenty; leaders of 1,000 people, fifteen; administrators of 500 people, twelve; governors of 100 people, eight; petty chiefs over 50 men, seven; chiefs of 10 men, five; chiefs of 5 men, three. That left precious few for the average male Indian whose enforced near-celibacy must have driven him to desperate acts, a fact attested to by the severity of the penalties that followed any cuckolding of his seniors. If a man violated one of Atahualpa’s women, he, his wife, his children, his relatives, his servants, his fellow villagers, and all his lamas would be put to death, the village would be destroyed, and the site strewn with stones.
sex  prehistory  society 
august 2017 by andrewducker
Vagina surgery sought by girls as young as nine
Seems like the obvious thing to do is to include pictures of a variety of real life examples in their sex education.
uk  society  porn  Education  girls  women  genitals 
july 2017 by andrewducker
Emotional Labor - (A Massive MetaFilter Thread Condensed)
I'd read bits and pieces before, but not made the time to read the whole thing through. Glad I did, finally, do that.
emotion  work  relationships  gender  society  patriarchy 
may 2017 by andrewducker
Books That Literally All White Men Own: The Definitive List (11 for me)
Jane has, in fact read more of them than me. She's clearly whiter and manlier.
books  society  men 
april 2017 by andrewducker
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