Patriarchy’s genetic origins
IN RESPONSE to Amanda Gouws’s article, thousands of men have been murdered, yet no focus on that. Men’s lives matter. Gouws complains women’s issues are represented by only a single minister in the Presidency, yet there isn’t even a single minister for men’s issues.
In such a violent country, with such a high murder rate, women can’t expect to not also be victims.
Why are we such a violent country? Gouws seems to lay all the blame on the past, the usual scapegoats of colonialism, apartheid and, in this context, patriarchy.
Equality for women means bringing them into the workplace, so you need twice as many jobs, failing which many men will become unemployed. It means that children get far less attention from their mothers in particular and, to a large extent, have to raise themselves.
Patriarchy has been around for so long, we even see the equivalent in the animal kingdom from which we evolved, that it is reasonable to believe it has a genetic component, so equality forces both men and women into an unnatural situation, which places stress on them.