- Stereotypical male/female behavior is biological. Among the pages of evidence:
... consider the wonderfully interesting people who start out XY [genetically male] but are born with the fairly ambiguous claim "It's a girl." [female genitals]. ... [At puberty] these girls became [stereotypical] men ... despite the fact that they were not raised to be that at all. Our best explanation is biological.
- Evolution has created a wide variety of sex roles ... men in charge, women in charge, equality, and even a reversion to single sex species.
- Primate (including us) females are usually in charge or equal, with the exception of the last few thousand years. These recent millennia are marked by brutal subjugation, violence, and rape of women. Less than 100 years ago, Margaret Sanger was convicted for distributing birth control information.
The judge ruled that women did not have "the right to copulate with a feeling of security that there would be no resulting conception."
After many sickening chapters, Konner shows that sex trafficking, slavery, and rape is still everywhere.
- Women are returning to power and, with modern science, men are optional. This latter conclusion is a not so veiled warning to straighten up or be eliminated.
as successful men could own slaves, keep concubines, and seize women at war.
...sixteen million men alive today-including one out twelve central Asian males [are descendant of Genghis Khan].The is a comprehensive and readable, though sometimes bogged down in credits and citations, history of human sex roles and sex roles generally since the beginning of life on earth. An exciting treasure trove for non-fiction readers.