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Matriarchate: distant past or inevitable future?

The problem of matriarchate lives on the printed pages and in our heads from the 19th century. Some people think it took place, others argue that the phenomena existed (and existing in some cultures nowadays) werent a real matriarchate. All adduce their arguments and hypothesize about the possibility of it in future. As for me, I am not sure if such a social type took place in all the cultures but I am definitely persuaded that a real matriarchate (social system were the women dominate) is our future. There are some reasons making me to think so.

First of all, really equal rights arent possible after a long period of violence and humiliation of women by the man. Of course, generosity is a feature of a civilized person, but the majority will glut their revenge. I think it cannot be otherwise after centuries when a part of society was supposed to be a second sort only because of sex. In my opinion, the life of a personality consists of social, spiritual, professional, intellectual and personal components and reducing of all the life to reproduction is a crime against humanity. Unfortunately, the history doesnt forgive anybody. So I think that the contemporary cultures where the women are discriminated will annihilate themselves rather soon.

Secondly, the intellect, not a rude force is called for in our society now. It is obvious, that the intellectual potencies of both sexes are equal. But the women can solve several problems synchronously what gives them an opportunity to exercise control more effectively in comparison with men. The superiority of the women in power structures would a logical consequence of it.

Thirdly matriarchate actually exists in our society, but is not so wide-spread yet. Somewhere it is an old tradition. The declarations of women' rights are only the consequence of developments in the society happened long ago. The rights which were realizing de facto were demanded to be confirmed de jure. There are some prejudices disturbing the people to realize that some key positions are already occupied by women, and it is a tendency. There are some opinions that emancipation and female domination would lead to the collapse of our civilization, but I dont think so. If it were so dangerous, the catastrophe would already break out. By the way, the world economic crisis is an agony of patriarchal model, founded on the short-sighted principle of development at others' expense.

Finally some researches in medicine provide a possibility to grow an embryo not in the human body, but in the laboratory. The women will get more free time for self-realization. Later a need in men could disappear. It can seem to be counteracting with nature but I think that it is not more unnatural than, for example, our bipedal locomotion. Humans were always a little unnatural; it is one of the main characteristics of them. It is also the answer for them who use arguments like the apes do have patriarchal structure in their society, so it must be natural for the people too. Something new is not always something wrong or bad.

All in all I wouldnt be glad if all the men were annihilated, but the tendency is obvious: the role of men in the civilized society is decreasing. The women become the main force in politics, science and culture, and the fortune of men is in their hands. So, the matriarchate is our real future when not present. I behave like it was present and look forward to such a future.

P.S. I am not a man-hater, I even like them until they try to help me or save me.

Yulia Buzykina

June 1, 2009 22:44

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