The article written by Deborah Barlow in her blog Slow Muse http://tinyurl.com/quh8la clearly needs some comment – because I agree wholeheartedly with the writer’s view.
This is a great artifact and archaeological find – and clearly is meant to represent respect and admiration for the fertility and reproductive value of women in an ancient society.
One man may be able to fertilise many woman, but without even one woman, men cannot reproduce themselves. Without women and childbirth – the human race would soon become extinct.
Why do we pretend to be so surprised that the value of a woman’s reproductive capacity was regarded as worthy of respect and perhaps even worship, in ancient times.
Women demand to be respected as individuals and as more than just breeding stock. I agree with those demands.
But we cannot escape the simple biological facts of human reproduction – which clearly was evident in society 35,000 years ago.
It is only the denial of those facts that could even remotely lead to comments about this beautiful and sensitive carving being regarded as pornographic.