Lately, I’ve Got Nothing But Questions

I always think of prehistoric humans as mostly slim, muscular people, based on the idea that they didn’t have high fructose corn syrup and spent most of their lives (I assume) hunting or doing other hard work involved in surviving without proper houses or air conditioning or mass-produced anything. But then, why do we have all these prehistoric sculptures of women that, quite frankly, are well beyond voluptuous?  It makes me wonder: Where would people have seen such a large woman? Were they simply speculating and creating a whildly disproportionate sexual figure the way guys now draw anime girls with boobs bigger than their wastelines?  And what were they eating, if it was actually possible for a person to be that heavy? And did many people look like that or was there something special about the large ones? Did they have special women who were set aside to be fed like cattle and kept inactive until they were ritually sacrificed to the gods of the hunt or harvest? Granted, my imagination’s running away with me, but I do wonder.

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4 thoughts on “Lately, I’ve Got Nothing But Questions

  1. *smile*

    Great ponderings… perhaps you would enjoy to read Mark’s Daily Apple? I am thinking especially of his Primal Blueprint — he goes back in history to those primal days… and looks at how prehistoric people must have fed themselves…

  2. Well, photos of the people in central australia show them to be slim, muscular, etc, (if not emaciated and starving in some instances) on first contact with europeans. They got fatter and unhealthier once they went onto the high starch, high sugar european diet.

    I always thought that there was a degree of retrospective nostalgia in the representations of women as huge in art / sculpture, etc. Largeness was associated with periods of abundance, ‘feast’ as associated with ‘famine’, so people looked back to an idealised period of abundance. (Also, the rich were more likely to be fat, so painters working for them painted the ideal as fat.)

    Whereas we have the opposite situation now — people are fatter due to poor diets, modern living, etc, so have an idealised notion of hunter gatherers being more thin and lithe. Also — being rich is associated with thinness: plastic surgery, health farms, fancy diets, etc.

    I’m sure some of the old second wave feminists (Susie Orbach?) said similar stuff about women and fat, and the whole feast/famine thing, and how it affects our perception of health.

    I personally have an issue with the whole idea of ectomorphs or underweight people being represented as the ideal — partly because I don’t have that body type myself, but also because it’s associated with health risks (like annorexia, etc), an adolescent or even pre-pubescent body and women being allowed to take up less space in general.

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