Balance of Domination. Patriarchy and Matriarchy.
As discussed in the previous section, both human pack and human tribe, as a well formed (in evolutionary sense) natural animal system, were well balanced and effective in their natural habitat. The development of material culture, the rise in satiety and safety level led to the system becoming imbalanced, to the inconsistency between instinctive behaviors and the new condition This should have led to evolutionary adjustment of these instincts, however…
The moment a man figured out how to attach a chipped stone to a durable stick, he got himself a weapon of unmatched effectiveness, a weapon that allowed to strike from a distance farther than a hand’s length. This is the pivotal point of evolution, the point at which human became a super dangerous predator, a predator with powerful weapon and powerful brain. A conceptually different being, which managed to provide for itself a level satiety and safety never seen before. And a being with very weak biological moral. These changes occurred so quickly, the biological evolution could not keep pace and change the instincts, the firmware of our ancestors. The human system became progressively imbalanced. The “steal” instinct made men to take loot from other men. The female instinct made the women to make the men to bring more and more food, and to incite fights between the men. Which led to armed conflicts within the tribe, and loss of high number of men, which made the tribe non-viable. Any misunderstanding could escalate to an armed fight to the death.
Improvements in material culture led both to strengthening and weakening of society. The strengthening was due to higher levels of satiety and safety, weakening was due to loss of men in internal conflicts.
Furthermore, the gender domination balance was shifted. There are two factors that shift the power balance between genders toward matriarchy As shown before, altruism and rational motivation are mostly male traits, while domination is manifestation of the selfish hierarchical instinct, which was stronger in women.
On the other hand, stronger, more numerous and powerful male buffer part of the tribe weakened the fear women felt toward the environment. The more warriors and hunters in a tribe, the better their weaponry, the safer and more nourished the life of women, the more confident the women became. And the more confident a woman, the greater her desire and willingness to dominate others. The woman who is not afraid of anything or anyone starts provoking conflicts to raise her status. This is made easier by the women’s tendency to unite against the men, while men compete with each other for place in hierarchy and for access to female body.
What happens when there is an imbalance of domination toward matriarchy? Women start raising boys more prone to control and manipulation, more altruistic, non-aggressive, weak and focused on fulfilling women’s whims of the moment. Weakening of the men means the leader’s instinct switched off in all men of the tribe, men are controlled by the mid-rank and low-rank instinctive programs. With every generation the matriarchy grows stronger and the men grow weaker. At some point, the spiral is broken by strong aggressive men of neighboring tribe, who kill the weak men, capture the women and put the women into their (winners) cave. Matriarchal tribe goes extinct. This explains why there are no pure matriarchies left, and societies close to pure matriarchies can only be found in isolated parts of the jungle, at the evolutionary junkyard. Matriarchy is lethal for human society, and, like a virus that kills the host, did not spread. Only those societies survived and advance, which found something to counterbalance the matriarchal tendencies, for the moment the imbalance toward matriarchy reached certain point, the tribe perished. It is incorrect to say that there was an evolutionary period, when humans lived under matriarchy, no, matriarchy was at some point a barrier in the way of ever accelerating evolution of our species, and that barrier was overcome. The last tribes without counterbalances were annihilated some twenty thousand years ago.
Image twelve. Matriarchy as depicted in art of various epochs.
Image 12-1. Venuses of the upper paleolithic. The “oldest pornography”. Images of dominating women, which suffer from obesity in the condition of high safety and satiety. It is noteworthy that the figurines are faceless. The face of the dominating, aggressive woman is not attractive to the man, who made the figurine, and same rule applies to modern artists.
Image 12-2. A man and a woman of a balanced society. Sculpture from ancient Egypt, Louvre collection
Image 12-3. The death of the large matriarchal society at the hands of the patriarchal one. Ancient bass-relief that depicts a battle with the amazons. Louvre collection.
Image 12-4. Depiction of dominating women in contemporary Russian cartoons. Compare with paleolithic Venuses.
Similar matriarchal deviations can be observed in the animal world. Let me share something I observed when managing, among others, a small hennery (it was to supply factory workers with fresh eggs in an isolated area). Contrary to the natural hierarchy, the pack of hens was headed by a hen. May be the rooster was insufficiently aggressive, or may be the hen contracted feminism from female factory workers, the fact is that it was the hen that started leading the pack in search for food. The rooster, though mated with hens from time to time, had no followers and radiated sadness. He didn’t crow. The hen-dominant was unable to adequately fulfill the rooster’s leading male role — watching out for dangers, because she was too busy with her female role — finding and eating worms and other food. At some point, when the people left the hennery unguarded, a hawk descended and ate the feminist. The rooster took his place of the leader, started to lead the hens around the feeding ground, crowed in the morning, became optimistic, vocal and amorous, and even sometimes attacked humans. He watched the skies closely and gave signal to run and hide. In this case, the nature quickly and cruelly put everyone in the designated place.
One of the natural matriarchy counter balances is the patriarchal inner structure of a society. Regardless of the form of a hierarchy (pyramid, caste, democratic) of the society as a whole, every family has a pyramidal hierarchy that is identical to the structure of a small tribe with bonded pair internal structure. The family is led by a patriarch — a strong man with leader’s instinct enabled. He takes decisions and manages the family property. The other levels of the hierarchy are formed according to age and merit. A patriarchal family can have up to four generations of men. Every adult man is the head of his own, smaller family, and every adult man wants to become the patriarch. In certain cultures such a family can grow to the size of a clan. Since every man has his leader’s instinct on, they are all fully responsible, active and successful. A society that is composed of active men is very effective. Strong patriarchal tendency leads to formation of strong stable society. Ancient Sparta is a good example — it successfully opposed the whole Peloponnese and flourished for seven centuries. The main principle of making a patriarchal structure, and the relationship between people are reflected in mythology of ancient Greeks in the history of the Olympic clan. By the way, when one studies these myths, one does not get an impression that Venus, Hera, Artemis or any other goddess of the Zeus clan is oppressed by the men of the clan, on the contrary, all the goddesses actively participate in the clan’s functioning and compete with men in decision making.
Any imbalance of inter-gender relationship toward excessive male domination can not be found and does not exist. A number of reasons and factors make it impossible. Male protection instinct, the ingrained female ability to manipulate males, and the fact that it is women who get to raise boys up until a certain age — and they do not miss an opportunity to ingrain respect toward women in them. It is very difficult to even imagine a society where all women are slaves used in dangerous and tough jobs, while the male exploitators consume the fruits of women’s labor, while staying at home, warm and safe. The real-world situation is always the opposite. Men create and acquire resources. Women are in the best place possible — place where the resources are stored. Women work the resources over, redistribute them, and are the first to consume them. Those readers who served in the [Russian] armed forces, understand this all to well. Only the most cunning recruits get to serve at the warehouse and the kitchen.
Lately, due to feminist influence, the term “patriarchy” almost became an expletive. It became a system of women’s oppression. In reality patriarchy is a social structure with well defined hierarchy and strict gender based division of labor, in which defense, provision and representation is the male function. A well balanced system of inter-gender relationship.
Large settled non-militarized societies tend toward matriarchy. Small nomadic and militarized societies are immune to it. It is the life style of the society that determines in which gender’s sphere of domination relationship between genders lie.
To summarize, a significant power imbalance toward female domination in a society is lethal for that society, while imbalance toward male domination is impossible. Only a balanced society can survive and develop.