There is not a single country in the world today whose top political position is held by a woman. Although, during the last decade, women have entered fields previously barred to them, men still monopolize the key positions in government, industry and military institutions. The questions remain: Are there innate biological harriers that prevent women trom attaining equal power? Or, is there something built into the human male that makes it more natural for him to command females than for females to command him?
Sexually Dominant Women, Sexually Passive Men
Masculinity, femininity, and leadership: Taking a closer look at the alpha female
Laina Bay-Cheng does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. When it comes to power in romantic relationships, men are often cast as dominant and women as deferential. In my most recent study , I asked young adults about their heterosexual relationship experiences. Unsurprisingly, power was skewed in favor of one partner versus being equally balanced or shared in most of their relationships. But the appearance of symmetry disappeared once we looked at the implications of these power differences.
WHY MEN DOMINATE WOMEN
To explain the origins of female subordination we need a theory that accounts for the control of women's work by men. Published in , Women's Work, Men's Property: The Origins of Gender and Class , edited by Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson, comprises five essays by a group of French and American feminist historians and anthropologists, in search of the sociohistorical basis of gender inequality. The editors' introduction, reproduced below, surveys previous efforts — anthropological, sociobiological, psychological, and historical — to exhume the origin of male dominance before outlining the conclusions of their own study.
There are a lot of false dichotomies out there — left brain vs. They have greater access to power, money, and mates, which they gain through physical prowess, intimidation, and domination. This distinction, which is often based on observations among other social animals such as chimpanzees and wolves paints a very black and white picture of masculinity. As the expression goes, when all you have is a hammer, all you see are nails.