You keep trying to make it sound like I’m inventing this stuff. There’s more than just this one study that reaches the same conclusion, and as with anything in the sciences, even the hard sciences, there are always going to be dissenters. Academia is notoriously hierarchied and obsessed with dominating one’s peers.

This conclusion has been reached by more than just extrapolating current societies into the past. Extensive anthropological and archeological research also supports it. “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.”

And I’ve already cited a bunch of that to you, so I’m not going to do so again. I’ve already stipulated that the onset of patriarchy as combined with agriculture allowed the population to expand exponentially and for society to develop in myriad ways that did not take place in egalitarian bands of subsistence nomads. None-the-less, it was a high price to pay for such progress — a high price for both men and women. The high rate of suicide amongst emotionally alienated men speaks directly to this price for men. The price for women is self-evident because it is well known historical face.

Quoting from my article on The History of Patriarchy, “In the end, patriarchy gives only a few men access to power in society, and most men some small access to power in relation to women, robbing all men of core aspects of their humanity.”

Refusing to believe any data that disagrees with your entrenched premises is one of your hallmarks, so I’m not really expecting you to do anything other than post more memes and chimp photos — but they do entertain me, so at least there’s that.

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