Matriarchal societies? For example? Not saying you are wrong. I just have not heard of any and I am a historian. I work with a lot of other historians, archaeologists, anthropologists etc and I have never heard mention of any matriarchal society. So I would be very interested if you could give me an example of a truly matriarchal society. I have heard feminists make this claim too. But I
But anyway what we are talking about is not matriarchal or patriarchal societies. I would contend that all societies all through history were a mixture of both depending on what angle you are looking at it from. For example all of the politicians in England in 1914 were men; But at the same time men were being thrown in front of machine guns in France, not women. A woman with a white feather could walk up to a random man in the street and publically humilliate him, knowing that she could walk away with no consequence to herself. Often it would shame him into volunteering to put himself in horrendeous danger of the kind that no woman would have been asked to endure.
So who had all the power in that society? Well that really depends how you look at it doesn’t it?
But what I was referring to was the feminist claim that gender is a social construct. They claim that there should naturally be equality of outcome everywhere because men and women are basically equal in every way. They further claim that if this equality is not happening then that can only be a result of discrimination. It is complete bunk and it is debunked by every study ever done since Darwin was a child.
Even after a half century of equal rights we still get unequal outcomes, sometimes favouring men and sometimes favouring women; because women and men make very different choices based on very different motivations and priorities.
Now if they had read Darwin or Dawkins instead of Marx and Steinem then they would know that their core claim is complete nonsense. There are hundreds of basic differences between males and females, outside of the most obvious physical ones and these differences begin to manifest in the womb long before a baby is even born. How you think, behave and prioritise depends to a large extent on whether you are male or female.