That article has a “click bait” title but that doesn’t mean that the content within is wrong (as was confirmed by the article you posted). I didn’t link it to prove the existence of literal matriarchies. How would that be relevant to this discussion? Whether or not they are true matriarchies and are instead actually more technically matrilineal is besides the point — the link you shared calls the Mosuo a matriarchal culture in the headline (it’s the same kind of click bait title). So what’s the difference other than that you posted it rather than me? You are focusing on incidental things because you don’t have enough substantive things to focus on. But since you insist on going there…….

Men tend to think of matriarchies as the flip side of patriarchies, where women rule and subjugate men, but in fact until 5 thousand years ago all societies were goddess worshipping and they were characterized by highy egalitarian societies. Read “The Chalice and the Blade” or “When God Was A Woman” or “Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth and the Politics of the Body.”

Exerpted from the above article:

“Dyble said that egalitarianism may even have been one of the important factors that distinguished our ancestors from our primate cousins. “Chimpanzees live in quite aggressive, male-dominated societies with clear hierarchies,” he said. “As a result, they just don’t see enough adults in their lifetime for technologies to be sustained.”

The findings appear to be supported by qualitative observations of the hunter-gatherer groups in the study. In the Philippines population, women are involved in hunting and honey collecting and while there is still a division of labour, overall men and women contribute a similar number of calories to the camp. In both groups, monogamy is the norm and men are active in childcare.”

In the modern societies where men get to “sleep around” as you put it, so do the women. That was the point of posting the article. Women have other roles than simply to be sex objects and mothers (even if they maintain primary responsibility for children). Which is relevent to the original article and discussion here. And as quoted from the article you posted: “Mosuo families have an incredible internal cohesiveness and stability; and certainly, Mosuo women do not (within their culture) face many of the struggles and barriers that women in many other cultures do.”

So what are you so up in arms about other than the fact that a woman is disagreeing with you instead of deferring to your “expertise”? Don’t tell me that isn’t the case because you can’t even stay on topic, you are so apoplectic about it all. The stuff you’ve posted is reinforcing my point — not refuting it. And what’s your issue with the second article that I wrote, other than you don’t like that it undermines with data and science your simplistic notions?

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