The most modern meaning of the term misogyny is not so much about consciously believing that women are inferior or worthy of hatred, but that women have a place (in the dominance hierarchy) and if they refuse to stay in that place, the misogynist is going to take an active role in reminding them of that place or putting them back there. There’s only so much room at the top of that patriarchal pyramid and if you have to constantly fight for those preferred elite spots, that gets accomplished with bullying and domineering behavior.

Patriarchy as a social system is only about 10 thousand years old, so men have not treated women like property or second class citizens since the beginning of time. It’s really only been in the relatively recent past.

Today, most anthropologists would agree, regardless of their stance on issues such as the universality of male dominance, that an entirely different order of male dominance became associated with the rise of the large and populous agricultural states organized in terms of classes. The patriarchal systems that emerged brought women for the first time under the direct control of fathers and husbands with few cross-cutting sources of support. Women as wives under this system were not social adults, and women’s lives were defined in terms of being a wife. Women’s mothering and women’s sexuality came to be seen as requiring protection by fathers and husbands. Protecting unmarried women’s virginity appears to go along with the idea of the domestication of women and an emphasis on a radical dichtomy between the public and the private sphere.”

The article below has kind of a click-bait title, because what these 6 societies have is not women ruling, but rather non-patriarchal societies. Many have distinct gender roles, but there is still a lot more balance and mutual respect between males and females in these societies. The apparent disdain for women that is such a part of our society is really just dominance hierarchy in play, in my opinion.

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