Ok, for the sake of argument lets say that patriarchy does exist today, and throughout human history, and its not the wayward fantasy of overly emotional women weakened by the throws of their monthly cycle. My question is… why? Why does it exist at all? Why is it so pervasive, so widespread, so accepted? If women really ARE as intelligent, capable and especially as human as our male counterparts, ladies, I really have just one question: WHY THE #!&@ DID WE LET THIS HAPPEN!?! I’ve heard “men are physically stronger and more aggressive”. Bullshit. “Men are more hungry for power.” See previous statement.
“The image of the male in early civilization that emerges from this model is very impressive. He was able to imagine a new system of society that would benefit him over the women around him. He was able to organize a conspiracy with the other men in his society against half of his community. He was able to employ his physical strength against the women’s superior capacity for social solidarity. He was able to invent a religious system to establish and preserve his privileges against the countervailing force of women’s perspective and experience. He was strong, imaginative, brilliant, and well-organized. He was also evil enough to want to oppress the women who bore him and his children. If it weren’t for his extreme evil, one might be tempted to conclude that patriarchy is a good system, since it puts such an obviously superior creature in charge of the culture. It seems that much of the ostensibly anti-patriarchal theorizing about the origin of patriarchy is based on patriarchal assumptions.”
~ Britton W. Johnston, Notes on the Origin of Patriarchy (emphasis mine)
Now, I don’t believe that all women were helpless, brainwashed victims throughout the whole of human history. Nor do I believe that all men were secretly members of the Legion of Doom. So what gives? What made society – men AND women – choose patriarchy over other social models? Was there some evolutionary benefit to it? Did it actually benefit women at one point and later morph into something unjust? Or – and this is a scary thought – were women seen by both genders as so very dangerous that they had to be controlled to prevent society from destroying itself?