Yes, I’ve heard/read this about men before, so I’m not doubting that part at all. I just think that women would be a lot like this also if they weren’t socialized out of it. We have this cultural narrative that men are biologically programmed to spread their seed and that they are visually programmed for that reason. We have been told that women are biologically programmed for monogamy, wanting one provider and protector to care for her and their offspring. Recent research indicates that women are less naturally inclined to monogamy than men are. I’d assume that a gatherer is probably going to need to be even more visually attuned to her surroundings than a hunter.

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