Patriarchy and Evolution:
Feminists have a point: The human past was Patriarchal. But why?
Why did Patriarchy arise?
Was it men conspiring to oppress women? Or is there another explanation? Underlying evolved differences between males and females, which are provable, seem a more likely explanation:
-humans are sexually dimorphic
-males are larger than females
-males have more muscle mass than females
-since humans pair bonded, it seems likely the males protected the female
-females are vulnerable to attack, when pregnant
-death rates were high among human infants during evolution, up to 50% of humans died before puberty
-adult human lifespan was quite short
-as recently as 1900, humans died by about age 50, when averaged out
-till a few generations ago humans had not developed science, life was short, brutish and nasty
-as early as 1 day, science has found that human females spend more time looking at faces, than things, which is useful since females tended to most of the early human care in evolution
-as early as 1 day, science has found that human males spend more time looking at things, rather than faces….which is why boys are good at video games, men at hunting and protecting and war
-until Donald Trump was 14 years old, humans didn’t have reliable birth control, and females could get pregnant at any time
-until a couple of generations ago, humans had not yet invented the technology, which would produce jobs that females could do in large numbers, giving them economic freedom, and women were completely dependent of men
-human males are slightly smarter than human females, and these differences show up in large numbers at the extreme high end, so most of the very smartest people in human history were male…see “The Smartest People in the World are all Men”….Breitbart Magazine, for numbers.
-human females get to decide who they will have sex with, so human males must socially compete with each other, for higher ranking females, and this meant men competed to protect and provide for females
So what sort of social organization system arises, when these sorts of factors are present in a species? What helped humans survive? Patriarchy.
Like all things in evolution, the things that survive are the things that prove useful in pushing forward life. In Patriarchal systems, men lead, and run the political and economic structure of society, men are disposable, women concentrate of raising offspring, and children are the center of life. This has proved to be a winning formula in our history. We are all descendants of Patriarchs.
And Patriarchy won, not because men imposed it on women, but because women chose it, because it offered the best deal, for women. And men chose it, because it ensured them offspring, and gave them social respect and power. Women liked that they were protected, got to chose which man to mate with, and they were far more likely to survive under Patriarchy, than any other system.
And the human mammal, to survive, organized into small groups…tribes…and competed for other resources with other groups. Groups needed protection from other competing groups of humans, and from predator animals.
Which sex was best to lead and protect the group in this situation? Was it the sex that was physically weaker in terms of upper body strength, had lower overall testosterone levels, indicating lower aggression, and spent most of their lives pregnant?…human women. Or was it the sex that was it the sex that was physically stronger in terms of upper body strength, had higher overall testosterone levels, indicating higher aggression, and didn’t have the burden of pregnancy?…human men?
Obviously biologically, the human groups that organized around male protection and leadership, had an enormous evolutionary advantage over groups that organized around female protection and leadership. And that’s why Patriarchal societies totally out-competed any Matriarchal groups, and that’s why they survived.
So Patriarchy was not some sort of evil conspiracy against women. Patriarchy is a natural evolutionary group strategy for survival and protection of women and children. And the other key variable, driving Patriarchy for the win as an evolutionary strategy, was the simple fact that human women get pregnant. Think about it.
If there is a theoretical tribe of 200 humans…..100 females, 100 males…and if the tribe loses 98 of the females, because they are off fighting to protect the males, then the tribe is finished in evolution, as there are only 2 breeding females left, of the original 100…. But if the tribe loses 98 of the males? The tribe can continue in evolution, because all the remaining males, even if they are old, can do their biological role, impregnating females, keeping the tribe alive.
So Patriarchy arose, not as a conspiracy against women, but out of basic biology: Females are more important than males, in evolution, because they get pregnant. If there were other patterns that worked, they would have arisen…..but they didn’t.
Sometimes what didn’t happen, is more important than what happened. And it tells you more, than what happened. More than likely, as the science of gender differences evolves, more and more evidence will be found, of slight biological differences between males and females, which contributed to the social pattern known as Patriarchy.
Another key piece of evidence for all this, is a simple fact that scientists uncovered, using some very clever techniques. What they found is YOU have twice as many female offspring, as male offspring. About 80% of modern human females have left offspring, in our evolution. But only about 40% of male modern humans have left offspring, in our evolution…why was this?
Basically, males died off quicker because they protected the group. And because females in humans, as in all mammal species, they do the choosing of mates. So this all indicates what common sense suggests: men were disposable in evolution and competed for access to females, just like males in other mammal species do.
All this is highly suggestive of the type of social environment arising naturally, know as Patriarchy: human males that invest in their offspring, successfully compete against other males, and protect females, tend to survive in evolution. This means Patriarchy is a natural process, deeply embedded in nature. Feminists seem hell bent on throwing out an established pattern that worked for a very long time in evolution. Most new things in evolution don’t work. Will this one? Will the new feminist principles work, in keeping human societies stable and surviving into the future? It seems unlikely, but time will tell….