Pondering Pelvic Evolution

Evolution of the Human Pelvis

Humans and other primates are in principle quadrupeds, whose legs were stretched horizontally backward and then rotated by 90 degrees. Suddenly the weight of the inner organs lay no longer on the abdominal wall, but on the pelvis. In order for the bowels not to fall embarrassingly to the ground, the tail, which at first was stretched out and reaching to the back, had to be pulled in and shortened in order for the new floor to be closed off. Furthermore, the muscles used to move the tail were reinforced and the connective tissue made thicker.
~ Eric Franklin, Pelvic Power. The above picture is one of the many great illustrations from his book.

When Leslie Howard was recently in Chicago for a workshop I had the honor of some time to talk. One of the things we briefly covered was the evolution of the pelvis. I remembered from a workshop with Tias Little from about seven years ago a story about humans standing up. Tias said something along the lines of our evolved physiology represented a call to open our hearts, since we were now standing to show one another what was once our soft underbellies. We are showing our vulnerability and being challenged to love and trust one another, and to offer care and courage rather than fear now that we are revealing our hearts as we stand on two feet.

I asked Leslie what she thought this evolution to standing might mean for our undersides. What was once revealed in the back—female sex organs—is hidden underneath now that we stand. Men might actually be more vulnerable now that I think about it, but women are more tucked away. I remember her saying that it might have something to do with fear.

So as I think further on this: As women stood to reveal our hearts, our genitals may have retreated in fear toward a place tucked away between the legs. Hmm. And as men stand might they be called—just by this evolved physiology of their genitals moved to the front—to bring consciousness and care to their sexuality?

Total opinion here, but I wonder if as women reveal our hearts, are we not being called to educate men about our sexuality (if we choose to be with a man). The slightly hidden location of our sex organs could just be saying, “Enter with caution.”

This is a sacred space.

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3 Responses to Pondering Pelvic Evolution

  1. Excellent food for thought. Our pelvis is sacred as are mens sexual organs. Maybe: women may be more willing to open their hearts leading to access to our pelvises, while men may be less willing to open their hearts and have easier access to their genitals in hopes of opening their hearts.

  2. Janice Lodato says:

    Fascinating thoughts here, Brooks! I’ve been pondering this aspect of men: their vulnerability because recently I read an article about how to effectively communicate with men in the workplace, i.e., how women can be more effective. One of the things it pointed out is that men are basically insecure. So questions need to posed as: “I’m interested in learning about how you arrived at those numbers.” would be less threatening than, “Why did you arrive at those numbers?” Same question but perhaps a bit gentler. Men are very exposed, physiologically, aren’t they? They are apparently vulnerable and insecure in other ways. I think often they overcompensate for this.

  3. Lisa M. says:

    I’m really loving this whole project, Brooks. This is particularly amazing information to think about!

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