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Male-Female Conflict–101…

Originally posted in July or 2015, given the recent upsurge in the struggle by women for social equality–in my view predicated by the pathology of misogyny exhibited by President Trump–I believe that this is a good time for an update.  As a Revolutionary Socialist and a Marxist-Feminist, I tend to look at and for the historical long-view for some answers…

Where does all this gender conflict in society come from? Why are women in general repressed . . . and worse?  Is the political spectrum of sexual dimorphism (the bio-natural differences between men and women) by males to dominate natural?  It’s certainly not a necessary consequence of our biology. Socio-moral development (culture) is learned.  It is not a natural biological development in our social relations.

I start with humanity’s Paleolithic beginnings, some 50,000-yrs-ago.  As an avid historian—including anthropology and archaeology—I’ve followed research that early human habitation sites (home & hearth) document the presence primarily of females, children and old/infirm males. In other words, women ruled the roost. Where were the healthy adult males?

These sites document the preponderance of female fertility totems and a diet of some 90+% being local vegetation and small animals. One can include in this observation the fact that much of the early cave-art was also created by females (given finger-fluting evidence researched by Prof. Dean Snow, Penn State).
FingerFlutingThere’s certainly merit to males being the hunter and females the gatherer . . . but this goes far beyond that.  One can reasonably presume that males bonded together in hunting, fighting and the pursuit of females. However, their big game actually provided (in the record of middens, etc.) a very small part of the overall family diet. In any event, healthy males were largely absent from home chores and responsibilities (as is often the case today).

The fly in the ointment came about some 10,000+yrs-ago when men were forced by socially-evolving circumstances back into home/family-based living.  The factors that dictated this change were increased populations, decreased open hunting grounds and large game animals, and threats from other population groups. This probably also coincided w/the development of agriculture and herding.
One of the major power-role relationships that women previously had pretty much to themselves was their power over home-life and the spiritual life of the family.  When males found themselves forced by social evolution back into family-tribal units, they created the more or less total rule.  That power extended to the females, which heretofore–at least since a far earlier alpha-male period–were relatively autonomous in their family-home responsibilities.

Males asserted virtual property rights over females and their children, which set up a perpetual conflict for power that echoes down through history to this very day. We witness the vast variety of its forms throughout human culture.
An aspect of that competition is manifested in human spiritual life. Males could hardly leave that power to females and still claim ultimate rule.  So their own form of ancient, open-hunt/sky-daddy, male-ancestral myths and worship came to also create the division of labor (with themselves most favored), and dominate the family, the tribe and evolving partnership w/the state.

Relatives-1In fact, male-superior “religion” evolved to its current form basically some 3,000+yrs-ago by Abram from ancient Sumer.  The male supremacist deity is an expression of absolute male power that does not even require the presence of a female partner, contrary to all biologically natural reality.  Indeed, it claims that women were created from the man.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the most prolific forms of this cultist development, today comprise over 55% of the Earth’s religions.  Gradually, female spirituality was repressed, and when determined by male rule even burned at the stake.  Today, in every aspect of social life on the planet, we are witnessing this phenomena as being an integral part of life.

(The supreme irony, of course, is that these elite, male-ideological oppressions of the planet and the human species, creates the foundation for its own beliefs. There is NOTHING natural in any of it.)

SuperNova-001In simple terms: Every struggle has its logical conclusion. Either these fewer and fewer self-elites of males will self-destruct, humanity will assume social consciousness and responsibility, or it will be the common ruination of the planet (at least for our species).

I suspect our alien comrades observing from other points throughout the Galactic Cosmos are taking bets on the latter.  On the other hand, I’ve always wondered if at least some of those “supernovas” we witness out there aren’t in fact, localized evidence of cosmic justice over other similarly predatory species?

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), July 2015 (updated November 2017)…

 

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2 Responses
  1. Linda says:

    This is one of your best articles! You succinctly compressed 100,000 – 10,000 yrs of human development into an interesting and short description. The whole piece is engaging and informative!

    Kudos, Nick.

  2. […] power. While this has always been the goal of all ruling elites since men were forced into the family fold (“Why depend upon the ‘democratic’ mob?”), today it is the closest […]

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