Fridge / Earth's Children

Fridge Horror
  • Clan women are raised to simply drop whatever they are doing, go down on all fours and present if a man makes a signal that he's got a stiffy and he wants to take care of it with her. This is the norm for any female once she's begun menstruating, regardless of age or experience. At one point in Clan of the Cave Bear, Auel even says that men of the Clan "beguiled by a young coquette" will relieve their arousals with a girl who hasn't yet reached puberty. Ignoring the fact that the lifespan of Clan people means that the ages at which different stages of development are reached are drastically lower than the ages at which we reach the same stages today, that still begs a few questions that almost qualify as Nightmare Fuel:
    • Did Clan women live in some kind of perpetually-lubricated state, where their bodies were naturally ready for intercourse at all times? Does the higher threshold that Clan people seem to have for pain mean that being penetrated without any foreplay is the equivalent of a slip-and-fall for Clan women: uncomfortable, leaving you a little achy, but otherwise you just pick up, dust off and go back to your day? Or are the women just psychologically conditioned to ignore being repeatedly raped until their bodies no longer respond to the painful stimuli?
      • The books discuss how sex was an ordinary activity right along with breathing and serving a meal. Ayla talks about this, and about motive. She says that if a man wanted to have sex with her out of genuine desire, and not to punish, humiliate, or otherwise hurt her, it would have been acceptable, and not a matter of shame or anguish.
      • Grown Clan women (and even Clan girls, are also bigger and stronger (if not necessarily taller) than a ten-year-old Cro-Magnon girl. The Clan's sex-differentiated evolution may also have made them psychologically and physically more conducive to sex.
      • There are still some good questions: if another man had given Ayla the signal, how would both parties have handled her first time? One also has to wonder how Clan women who hated a particular man dealt with and interpreted it when said man gave her the signal (e.g., Iza and her abusive mate).
    • Clan children see adults engaging in intercourse, and girls see women occasionally do things that seem to invite the men of the camp to use them for relief. Clan children also imitate adult behaviors, including a mock-version of intercourse involving boys that can't get arousals bumping against girls who haven't reached menarche yet. So are the "young coquettes" really "beguiling" the adult men into sex before they've had a period? Or are they innocently imitating the older women with the sometimes result of getting more than they bargained for with a side order of "she wanted it; I could tell from how she was acting"?
      • Ayla does wonder, when Jondalar introduces her to the 'gift of pleasure', if Clan couples actually do engage in some form of foreplay and she simply never noticed. After all, the only sexual encounter that is described in detail amongst the Clan is Broud raping Ayla...
  • Ayla may have had other family besides her parents (it doesn't specify which members she lost exactly in the earthquake). As Ayla wandered away, was later taken in by the Clan, and then journeyed an whole continent away, they would never have found any trace of her and would be left forever wondering what became of her...
  • Due to their very liberal views on sex and the fact it's considered normal to have lots of sexual partners, the Cro-Magnon tribes must have some issues with STI's and related diseases, which they may not understand the origins of or know how to treat. Because of this lack of knowledge and the sanctioning of promiscuity, STI's could spread like wildfire.
    • Only as far as such diseases already existed back in the day. Gotta keep in mind that a big load of these only developed as civilisations grew, indeed many are not more than a few hundred years old. Also, considering the medical standards, as harsh as it may sound, people who were seriously ill probably just died out, maybe in amounts of entire tribes.