Three of them prefer male leaders, but that also means that three of them don’t. You said that no such societies exist and I’ve provided information about 3.So either ALL societies are patriarchal, or (my personal belief) we just evolved this way.

What I said is that they don’t fall into line with traditional patriarchal societies. And, since this also seems lost on you I guess I’ll have to point it out, matriarchies are not the flip-side of patriarchies, where women rule and subjugate men. Matriarchies are collaborative and partnership oriented and all six of these are representative of that in some way, whether or not they are technically matriarchal or simply matrilineal. They are all examples of societies that do not operate as patriarchies.

Edit: Minangkabau firmly believe the mother to be the most important person in society.

In Minangkabau society, women usually rule the domestic realm while the men take the political and spiritual leadership roles. However, both genders feel the separation of powers keeps them on an equal footing.

Equal footing is the antithesis of patriarchy. Your assertions about patriarchy being universal and from time immemorial have both been refuted. I really dig your fluffy pink hat and that you are the kind of person who would wear such a thing, but it’s beginning to make me wonder if some of it’s fluff has gotten into your brain and is clouding your perceptions. 😉

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