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jimtimmy4
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1/27/2015 7:34:51 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
The concept of patriarchy is fundamental to understanding human social organization. The first thing to understand is the universality of it. Patriarchy is found in every human society in history. The second thing is that patriarchy does not necessarily benefit men at the expense of women. In many ways it does, but it does offer women many survival benefit over men.

Men evolved to be, on average, larger than women. This suggests that men have been, historically, both more prone to violence but also more likely to be the target of violence than women. You see, male violence is largely either intragroup violence over access to females or intergroup violence which is often motivated in part by a desire to either protect ones own females or gain access to new females.

Genetically, 80% of women, historically, have had an offspring. In comparison, only 40% of men have had an offspring. Polygamy has been the norm for a large part of human history. This has led to a surplus of men who have tended to be quite violent. This, by the way, explains rape. Contrary to feminist dogma about rape being about power, rape is likely a reproductive strategy for low status males.

The basic fact to understand patriarchy is male variation. Male achievement has a lot more variation than women. This is not hard to imagine in an age where men are radically overrepresented among Nobel Prize winners, CEOs, Presidents, prisoners, suicides, homicides (victims and murderers), etc. You see, male reproductive success also has a more inequitable distribution than female reproductive success. This is less true now than in the distant past (but more true than it was 50 years ago), but the reality remains.

This reproductive pressure creates a more violent and dominance seeking competition between males for access to females. This, and not some vast male conspiracy, explains why we both select men to rule our societies and men to die in order to protect our societies. Testosterone leads to better leaders and (potentially) more dangerous criminals.

Gender dominance (in some cases female) is present in all sorts of animals in nature. It is important to understand that selection pressure and survival dictate the dominance structure. The idea that "patriarchy" somehow is a social construct is absurd. It is inaccurate. The idea that patriarchy necessarily benefits all men at the expense of all women is absurd. In fact, it benefits some men (the winners) over everybody else while hurting other men over everybody else (females included).
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1/27/2015 11:19:00 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 1/27/2015 8:03:37 AM, Wylted wrote:
Stop pretending to be a conservative.

How do you define conservative?