From Part I Chapter 3 In the Beginning; Man and “Wombman”
By Shane Stewart
It has been demonstrated in the chapter on The Mobile Society why, in ancient times, authority and leadership of our species was necessarily shared equally between men and women in a partnership of survival. Being dependent upon each other for survival in a hostile environment would have preempted the expression of any kind of false images of male superiority and female inferiority. Men and women would have simply worked together. Women were the essential foundation of human survival, responsible for giving birth and nurturing the young. They also maintained the internal workings of primitive band camps and learned how to mediate human disputes. Women had to be rational and understand the value of compassion, compromise, cooperation, and community. Men became the foundation of our defense, as they eventually assumed the responsibility of protecting women and children from predators. When predators approached the camp, men had to be willing to violently engage these beasts in epic battles. We are alive today because men prevailed more often than not.
In our modern-day world, women are still rational, compassionate, people oriented, and willing to compromise for the good of all. Men are still egotistical, violent, and conflict oriented. They insist on imposing their will upon others, even to the point of death. Today the home has replaced the camp. But unlike the men of early days who respected and revered their female peers, modern men no longer leave their violence outside the camp. Indeed, men now focus that violence and destruction upon the very women who create and care for them. The crude division of labor between men and women during our mobile period was very successful and brought us through a critical time in our evolution. Men, accepting their role as hunters and defender of our species, allowed our population to expand. The male became a barrier standing between the group and that which would destroy it. In The Mobile Society, male authority had become absolute in matters of survival, as men were the ones who had to face the danger. The world of the male was necessarily one of conflict and violence. It was during this long period of unchallenged authority that men began developing an attitude of “superiority” over women. After all, determining control and leadership of the group was quite simple: those who were physically stronger and more aggressive simply took over; and men far out-paced women in the areas of physical brute strength, violence, and aggression.
It was our ability to construct weapons and band together as fierce hunters, combined with the fact that predators also preyed upon each other, that resulted in the predatory population being diminished to a level that no longer threatened our survival. A revolution in human life style was exploding upon the scene. The development of a new Stationary Society was rapidly taking hold as humans began living together in large, stationary groups. The days of wandering were coming to an end. Residing in one location as permanent groups allowed humans to enter the realm of farming and agriculture. The pattern of growing and harvesting food as the primary source of our sustenance was quickly changing our identity from that of hunter/gatherer, to a more stable one of farmer/harvester. Spears, axes, clubs, and arrows were being replaced with shovels, hoes, rakes, and seeds. Running around on the earth was being replaced with digging into it.
In these new stationary societies, humans built solid structures within which they could reside. These individual places allowed families to group together in private and gave people the opportunity to choose those they preferred to associate with and develop social lives. Life in stationary societies was a world away from life in the old wandering nomadic societies. Large groups, living together in one place for long periods of time, presented problems that could not have been anticipated or experienced during our long mobile period. We were entering a period where it was essential that we coexist without violent conflict. The Stationary Society was a strange and different world to men. In this world, positive human relationships were a greater challenge to survival then fending off predators. After thousands of years of leading us through a violent world as nomads, the survival skills necessary in The Stationary Society were better understood and controlled by women. Men had reached their zenith in the world of violent leadership.
The violently oriented authority and leadership that the male had become so accustomed to was suddenly no longer appropriate. An entire set of new social “manners” would need to be adopted to guide peaceful, cooperative interaction in The Stationary Society. The male’s world of violence and death was disappearing. For the stationary, civilized world, men would need to sacrifice their ego of importance and superiority and pass the reins of leadership to those best adapted to a world of compassion, compromise, cooperation, and community; the women of the world. In The Stationary Society, men needed to learn from women how to survive when violence and superior strength was no longer critically needed. The tragic point of this is that toward the end of the period of The Mobile Society, predators were basically eradicated from our environment. Men didn’t need to deal with that violent, negative reality anymore. But they couldn’t let go of their “violent” attitude. Without having that “common enemy” to focus their violence upon, men began to paint each other as “the new enemy,” and fight each other as if they were fighting the predator. Our new existence required new leadership that could understand resolving problems peacefully. We were coming into the time when social order and stability were paramount to our well-being as a species. In order to bring about a peaceful world, mediation of disputes would be an essential process. Mediation was alien to men. But the ability to mediate disputes and try to find mutually beneficial solutions was now the more important quality for our leaders to possess. These were the qualities that had already been developed by the female as a part of her responsibility over thousands of generations of caring for people and the camp. We were coming into the age when female leadership was necessary. It was now time for men to let go, relax, be congratulated on a job well done, and accept the fact that it was the female’s turn to lead us into a civilized world in The Stationary Society.
Humanity was indeed capable of becoming the most constructive and successful species on Earth. However, such a potential would never be realized. Men would never allow positive, female leadership to guide society. By the time we had reached The Stationary Society men were already in the process of carrying out a cowardly betrayal of the female. In our next level of primitive existence men, who had become accustomed to women taking care of and serving them, had forgotten that their position as leaders had nothing to do with being better than or superior to women. True, it had been the female’s duty to tend to the domestic and social needs of the band, but not in service to their “superior” male counterparts; it was service to their duty in their partnership for survival. This accepted covenant of duty assignment based on natural abilities in a perilous world was never founded upon an assumption that either one was endowed with higher authority or superiority over the other. However, sheer brute strength that had once been necessary for survival, had also been the only factor in determining who wielded the most authority. The strongest and most violent men were also the most honored and respected. This resulted in men equating physical strength with superiority. The dominant male ego; bloated with power over the Earth, the beasts, and women, had been fully developed. Rising up against women, men dissolved the equal partnership; took complete control of The Stationary Society, and proceeded to mold humanity into the most violent and destructive force the earth has ever known. Men had now begun the trek that would lead to humanity devouring itself.
The violence that we had come to accept and respect from men; that was once necessary to protect us from predators and a harsh environment, would prove to be the very force that could destroy a civilized society. Today our world is still led by men; insecure, self-righteous, bloated with ego, wholly destructive, obsessed with female domination, and totally out of their element. This has rendered men impotent as “leaders” and has made a mockery of our human race. Under the “leadership” of men, we have become the most violent and destructive species on Earth and men, saturated with violent male ego, are incapable of changing that. Only women are capable of the intelligent dialogue and peaceful cooperation that must be engaged in order to step back from the brink of annihilation unto which the destructive male ego has delivered us.
For humanity to survive, positions of leadership, authority, and responsibility in every aspect of life involving human interaction and human relationships must be greatly removed from the grip of the male ego and placed in greater proportion into the hands of the creational female. The “camp” is the domain of the female, and our Earth is simply one, huge camp. Women must rewrite every social and moral law that men have ever constructed. Women must bring new definition to what constitutes the rights to their own bodies. Only women can decide the proper social and moral structure that humanity is to follow. Only women are our creators. Only with female leadership securely in place, will we even have a chance to survive and create a peaceful world of change and evolution.