In Minoan Crete, for example, women had similar rights and freedoms to men, taking equal part in hunting, competitions, and celebrations.
But that era ushered in one of the most patriarchal societies the planet has ever known – classical Greece, where women had no political rights and were considered “minors”.
So, did the Minoan birds take part in political decision making? Or are we carefully not comparing like with like?
Or take hunter-gatherer societies, the source of endless cod-evolutionary theories about female inferiority. The discovery of female skeletons with hunting paraphernalia has disproved the idea that men only hunted and women only gathered
Only? Who in buggery is trying to insist only? Largely, more likely, on average across genders etc, yes. But only? Walk through Newcastle at night and you’ll see women who would terrify a fully grown elk into submission with a look. Of course a subsistence society would use such food gaining talents. Walk through Twerton and it’s the rare sabre toothed elk that would give in.
No one, at all, is trying to claim absolutes here, it’s preponderance.
This general bias has had two unfortunate consequences. One is to impress upon us the idea that inequality is “natural”.
Difference, not inequality. We’ve noted the Tab and Slot difference between male and female – no matter how much today’s idiots try to claim that’s not the point – but no one does say that’s an inequality, that’s a difference.
Sheesh. It all started going to pot when women were allowed to write for the newspapers……