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BARBARA MACLEAN wants to know:
Why haven't women fought back?
Women who have tried to fight back have always done it as individuals, making it much easier for them to be dismissed or targeted themselves as money-grubbers or attention-seekers. ["]We["] have not fought back because many of us have been ashamed, believing that somehow the harassment or assault was our fault...

A pragmatic explanation exposes competition among females (and women) to criticism of "feminist" leadership, capital, and political satisfaction many individuals would rather ignore.

"The two features considered in hypotheses 3 and 4, male control of resources and male potential for polygyny, have important implications for female reproductive strategies. This brings us to the fifth hypothesis for the evolution of patriarchy.

"Hypothesis 5. In pursuing their material and reproductive interests, women often engage in behaviors that promote male resource control and male control over female sexuality. Thus, women as well as men contribute to the perpetuation of patriarchy.

"As Hrdy (1981) pointed out, it is not always in a female's reproductive interests to ally with other females against males. Often, females do better by competing with other females and/or allying with males. Among humans, such female strategies can reinforce patriarchy."

Barbara Smuts, "The Evolutionary Origins of Patriarchy," Human Nature. Vol. 6, No. 1. (It once was open access; now only download from scribd)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 03:50:22 PM EST
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Possibly related:

Why Conservative Women Defend Sexist Men - Marie Claire

Take Sanders and Conway, who have both publicly dismissed women who have spoken out about sexual assault. Their defenses are clearly cynical and serve a political purpose, but for conservative women more broadly, going along with the idea that women lie about assault--or blaming women for sexual harassment by claiming that they somehow brought it on themselves--can be a form of self-protection. Believing that other women are "bad", and that that's why something terrible happened to them, enables you to convince yourself that you are safe.

For white women, like the 53 percent who voted for Trump, it means feeling confident that somehow the patriarchy--which diminishes and discriminates against people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community--will not also come after you.


In reality, though, aligning with misogynist men is no safeguard. Look at the women at Fox News, who say they were harassed and abused by Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly--despite playing along with conservative talking points and mocking the very feminists who worked so hard to pass policies that would eventually help them.
by Bernard on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 09:50:08 PM EST
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Fair-weather" Megyn and Greta got paid double-digit millions for pain and suffering of cynicism. That's a sign of "leadership" youngster can understand.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 06:30:26 PM EST
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A pragmatic explanation exposes competition among females (and women)
Well, yeah. Liberul justise wariors not know that they trending toward (ouch!) the dumb end of the Totem Poll of Good Life.
by das monde on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 04:28:18 AM EST
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ooo, that site hits all the "divisions in our society" with a filthy jock. And the comments ... inevitably lead me to wonder, how in hell has this outfit ("ads by revcontent") come to infect so many "platforms"? I mean, is this doubleclick-GOOG automated matching or custom placements by Internet Research Agency?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 06:44:55 PM EST
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