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I have read an interesting book called, Saharasia, it suggests the creation of a vast desert environment transformed mainly peaceful matriarchal cultures into war-like patriarchal cultures. More correctly, the violent patriarchal cultures took over the territory of the more peaceful cultures. The patriarchy is associated with nasty practices like male and female circumcision, restriction of nursing, male domination including polygamy, concubinage, widow murder, human sacrifice, female infantacide, slavery, flaying of prisoners of war, sacrificing children in the foundation of buildings, veiling of women, female virginity, and on and on. Apparently, the drier the climate, the greater the liklihood of patriarchal cultural practices. Apparently there was some biological advantage in being physically strong and the bruitish generally took over much of the world. This was especially true when food and water became scarce. Females were at a disadvantage, biologically, because of our smaller size and our childbearing.
With the advancement of technology and a focus on education as the indicator of economic success, as opposed to "might makes right," this is starting to decline in cultures that have developed away from an agrarian existance to a more technological existance. Even in places where patriarchal systems dominate, the greatest indicator of emerging female equality is the educational level of women and girls. The US is actually a bit behind the EU and Canada in the decline of the Patriarchy because of our high level of fundamentalist people, but it is declining.