Well, that article described some of the worst aspects of patriarchy, such as gang rape for not keeping sexual mores. Hardly a ringing endorsement. My take away was not that patriarchy was inevitable, but that it was clearly abominable. All the more reason for humans to revert back to the time before the onset of such horrors. Read Riane Eisler’s Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth and the Politics of the Body or her seminal book, The Chalice and the Blade for more on that.

“The authors argue that sexual equality may have proved an evolutionary advantage for early human societies, as it would have fostered wider-ranging social networks and closer cooperation between unrelated individuals. “It gives you a far more expansive social network with a wider choice of mates, so inbreeding would be less of an issue,” said Dyble. “And you come into contact with more people and you can share innovations, which is something that humans do par excellence.”

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.” Just because animals do it, doesn’t make it an inevitable system or a good one for humans.

I’m not sure why someone who describes himself as not fitting very well into hegemonic masculinity as prescribed by patriarchal norms wants to keep defending that system. Coercion, punishment for failure to conform, control of other people’s sexuality — none of that is necessary for social order, and it’s surely not desirable.

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