Roman emperors, for example, created harems of females guarded by eunuchs,
There were undoubtedly those who had such but it wasn’t a usual thing, certainly not formal as with the Ottomans.
And as for this:
In his handwritten documents, Smith relays how the Lord told him: “And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him… But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed… according to my commandment.”
Not surprisingly, women often find this sexual hypocrisy baffling and logically inconsistent.
Yet versions of this sexual double standard persist, even in the most sexually egalitarian countries on Earth, such as Norway. And recent studies of more than three dozen cultures found that it’s women, not men, who receive the brunt of the criticism for having casual sex and cheating on their partners.
Very little about sex is going to make sense without considering the identification of paternity in the days before DNA testing….
This though is true:
It all comes back to the fact that women’s sexual psychology, like that of men’s, evolved in the brutal and amoral furnace of sexual and reproductive competition. Women’s fundamental competitors have always been other women,