Friday, August 19, 2005
Our forgotten cousins
Well, back from vacation with Mom & Dad Athana, and I'm having a wee bit of a problem getting serious again.
I'm blog-locked. Can't get anything "down on paper" (out on screen?). Part of the problem is I've done a bit of the reading y'all've been suggesting and it's blowing me away! It's all rolling biliously around in my brain like a bunch of crazed-colored marbles: Angels in America, the play andygrrl recommended (fabulous). Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists, the book Morgaine from The_Goddess recommended (also fabulous). And "Bonobo Sex and Society: The Behavior of a Close Relative Challenges Assumptions about Male Supremacy in Human Evolution," an article by the famous primatologist Frans de Waal. Recommended by Anonymous.
On top of all this, I have to drive down to Kennebunkport for my once-every-two-months haircut, and I hate to get that close to anything that smacks of Bush, but the only woman in the world who can cut my hair locates her shop down there, so what can I do?
My basic mood seems to be, "Wanna end war? Then give women half the power. What's to argue?!?"
It's almost too simple. And where's the fun in simple?
Take the bonobos, for example. Unlike chimps, our female bonobo cousins refuse to let their male counterparts push them around. Unlike chimps, bonobos countenance neither war, violence, nor female domination by males.
Also, I'm peeved. Why haven't I heard about bonobos before? In grad school I had to read about baboons and chimps til my eyeballs popped. But never a peep about bonobos from anyone. Why? Because bonobos are so sexually avant garde? (Oh! My!) Or because male bonobos don't dominate females? (Egad! How frightening!!!) Or because bonobos are a non-violent species sharing 98% of our (human) genes? (Booooor - ing....)
Come on, now. Which is it?
Thnx to the Zoological Society of San Diego for the foto