Once war became a viable occupation, men increased their power over women. So indeed, the authors do help uncover the true roles of women in the prehistory for those of us who had any doubt. And, it is true, it helps to see these artifacts from a woman's point of view, that is, as a gender female looking at what happened and assessing the importance of the artifacts, and drawing conclusions that did not occur to the old guys who once dominated the social sciences. However, whether women went on the Big Hunt or not, or whether men ever acted as "midwives" which the authors identify as the real "oldest profession" is of secondary importance to the fact of hunting and midwifery. Why do we all assume it was a man who invented the wheel or discovered fire making? Is the notion of worldwide patriarchy truth or, as everyone's favorite misogynist might say, projection? At pages dense with information, The Invisible Sex is not for the faint of heart, but still very readable. There is a sense of pandering and begging the question in the way the authors insist on the obvious. And what is "woman," anyway? It is unlikely that women stayed in the cave awaiting the man who "brought home the bacon," yet that is the image most people have of prehistory. The authors refer to nets, threads, garments, basket weaving, cordage, digging sticks, the famous "Venus" statuettes, and other cultural artifacts to demonstrate the enormous role that women played culturally. Do you want to read the rest of this article? It's not what you think, say the authors of The Invisible Sex. Her personal sexuality is secondary to the generalized idea of fertility. The authors imagine that "Aboriginal men" may have sniffed "contemptuously at the shell hooks and The book's title itself illustrates the thesis: It should be a required reading for those interested in anthropology and feminism.