This theory about patriarchy/dominance hierarchy and entitled behavior of elite males in particular is science. Riane Eisler is a world-renowed systems scientist and cultural historian who has been studying this in an interdisciplinary way (archeology, anthropology, sociology, etc.) for over 30 years. She’s just one of the many scientists whose work informs my perspective.

There are very few biological differences between males and females. It’s nearly all socialization. Newborn babies brains are practically identical, but because our brains have a lot of plasticity, they shift in response to our environment and cultural expectations so adult brains may show some differences.

Personal experience is also one of the things that is used by scientists to gather data — generally quantitative data and not qualitative, but it’s absurd to say that my personal experience is not relevant. You are dipping your toes into what’s known as mansplaining by doing so. You are telling me what I know and don’t know; what I’ve experienced and haven’t and how relevant that information is. You have every right to disagree with my theory and to provide supports for that, but the way you are going about it is proving my point about the ubiquitous presence of the domination hierarchy we live in.

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