Thanks for linking those. I found them very interesting, but inheritance is only one small aspect of patriarchy. I’ve since learned that places that had hoed agricultures (such as rice paddys) rather than plowed agriculture do tend to keep a higher position for women because they are such a great contribution to the survival of the family/community. Here’s more about that:

“Societies with a connection to plowed agriculture, as distinct from land worked with hoes or sticks, generations later still have markedly lower levels of female participation in politics and the labor force, and they rank high on the embrace of markedly gender-biased attitudes.”

These are the rules and properties of the patriarchy:

Might makes right and those who are strong control those who are weaker.

Men hold the bulk of both political and economic power as well as moral authority in society.

Traits that are considered masculine like control, competitiveness, and stoicism are more desirable for everyone than traits that are considered feminine like empathy, nurturance, and cooperation.

Little boys must be tough and action-oriented; little girls must be pretty and docile.

Boys and men must never embody anything remotely feminine because anything feminine is deemed as less-than.

“The core cultural ideas about what is good, desirable, preferable or normal are associated with how we think about men and masculinity.”

In a pyramid-shaped hierarchy, you must constantly dominate or risk being dominated. If you don’t win, you lose.

The rules are enforced through creating fear, the threat of pain, coercion and the ostracization of those who will not comply.

Patriarchy is generally not an explicit ongoing effort by men to dominate women. It is a long-standing system that we are born into and participate in, mostly unconsciously.

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