Join Zuska and her commenters in a pile on regarding the Smithsonian Magazine’s recent article on the archaeology of southern Africa.
It’s racist, it’s sexist, and it’s even anti-Neanderthal. (The article, not Zuska’s post)
Regarding the writing about the use of stone tool technology in the article:
It says, “could be women – but no one really knows, do they? The safe bet is on men.” It’s the equivalent of saying “the PC police are always watching, so we’d better pretend like there is an actual possibility that we are including women in this discussion, even though we know we’re talking about Man, i.e. men, not women.”