Re: Evolution of Sexism

Bryant (
13 Aug 1996 12:27:25 -0600

In article <4uo1tb$>,
Gerold Firl <> wrote:
>I think the degree of patriarchy and violence within a society is
>determined mostly by relations with neighboring cultures. Under certain
>conditions of competition for resources between neighboring cultures,
>an escalating "arms-race" will ratchet-up the degree of violent
>patriarchy; it's not a matter of keeping the wife down, but of keeping
>up with the military capability of the joneses.

If you have time, I'd appreciate some clarification (maybe some
hypothetical illustrations or something)... I may be in a theoretical
rut, here, but I've come to view male coercion as a primarily
paternity-reliability related issue.