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article imageSex Games Of The Stone Age Exposed

By Carolyn E. Price     Apr 29, 2007 in Lifestyle
Well, we've always been led to believe that sex in the Stone Age was done strictly to procreate, but a 30,000 year old statue of a naked woman and ancient stone phallus are just two finds that may prove sex was about far more than just having babies.
New research into Stone Age humans has found that prehistoric man may have come down from the trees, but that did not stop him from swinging and having sex for fun.
Practices ranging from bondage to group sex, transvestism and the use of sex toys were widespread in primitive societies as a way of building up cultural ties.
The earliest direct evidence that sex was about more than just having babies were round in a German cave: a 30,000-year-old statue of a naked woman, the Venus of Willendorf, and an equally ancient stone phallus.
Evidence from dozens of archaeological finds and scientific studies were reviewed by Timothy Taylor, a reader in archeology at Bradford University, for his research. "The widespread lay belief that sex in the past was predominantly heterosexual and reproductive can be challenged." He argues that monogamy became the norm after hunter-gatherer societies took up agriculture and started to settle in houses. This is when the social roles of men and women became more fixed.
Experts believe this kind of research will help overturn the false assumption that sex strictly for the purpose of reproduction is the form closest to nature.
Petra Boynton is a relationship counsellor and health lecturer at University College, London, and she calls the study "refreshing". "So much evolutionary theory promotes the idea that humans, particularly women, are preprogrammed for monogamy, but that is often simply overlaying science on a preexisting view of society."
Taylor, whose research is published by Haworth Press in the Handbook of the Evolution of Human Sexuality, says the human attitude to sex arose from the complex interaction of physical and mental development. By comparison with modern humans, who appeared about 300,000-100,000 years ago, apes have tiny male genitals, no female breasts and are hairy. But they are easily able to distinguish the sexes because males can weigh up to three times as much as females.
Humans, by contrast, are far less easy to distinguish by size. Taylor says that prominent male genitals and female breasts developed to aid recognition of the opposite sex in creatures of similar size and shape. The similarity in size, combined with the ease of face-to-face sex, allowed intercourse to become a vital part of social interaction, communication and inventiveness.
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